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South West COVID-19 Primary Care update for Contractors

We are starting to send contractors daily updates relating to Covid19 and Feedback from the NHS England and Improvement Local Covid19 Workstream.  This is the first of these updates giving you an update on the information that is being discussed on our daily calls. 

 DAILY COVID-19 UPDATE – 31.03.2020


  • Guidance on use of PPE

A letter is currently being issued to all providers with a broad outline of what can be used/when: whether you are 1mtre from patient, when to use masks and increase settings for FFP3 etc.

 

  • Supply of PPE

As of this week this NHS Supply chain will no longer issue PPE: ‘Clipper Logistics’ will now issue a ‘push’ supply to those on the NHS Supply chain.   For Primary Care/Social Care providers there will be a new portal, to order and get delivery, from Next Monday: details to follow.

 

  • Shelf life of PPE products

REMINDER: Some products may appear to have out-of-date ‘use by/expiration’ dates or have relabelled ‘use by/expiration’ dates. Please be assured products being issued have passed stringent tests that demonstrate they are safe. The PPE is exposed to extreme conditions for prolonged periods, to see how the product deteriorates. All that are not up to standard are destroyed and not distributed to trusts.   We have been working with independent test facilities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who, after being provided with scientific evidence, were content with our assessment that these are safe to use by NHS staff.

 

  • Staff Testing – National antigen testing process is being rolled out for key staff shortly (awaiting confirmation when testing for the South West will commence).    In the short-term, there will be a small number of tests available for primary care community staff, targeted at critical services: details to follow this week.  

 

  • Shielded Patients

Shielded patients lists have been shared with practices for review.  IG issues have now been addressed to allow systems to access PID.

 

  • Methadone

There have been some issues regarding access to Methadone for people in the community: nationally looking at changes to legislation to support resolving these issues.

 

  • Deaths

An increase in deaths being reported is expected over the next few days.

 

  • Ventilators

Currently developing a distribution mechanism for ventilators, with the immediate focus on London.

 

  • Oxygen

Currently planning oxygen capacity: all providers are being asked to return cylinders to assist capacity.

 

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If any contractor is closing, partially closing or adapting their hours, they need to contact their local NHS England office to let them know the new arrangement. Details to include:

Our local NHS England contact is:

Kathyrn Hughes

Tel: 0113 824 8784

Email: kathrynhughes2@nhs.net

 

Please can you also inform the LOC of any changes, or any issues you are experiencing at the moment.  If you have already informed us of these change, thank you.

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INFORMATION FOR PROVIDERS/GUIDANCE - COVID-19 -KERNOW CCG

Please click on the links below to view information on the current arrangements that are in place for planned care activity.  This is meant to support the messages you have already received.  The guidance for risk assessment can be used by providers who have not already developed anything.

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 OFNC GUIDANCE - OPTICAL PRACTICES - ESSENTIAL OPENING ARRANGEMENT - 24th March 2020


Please click here for the joint statement from the Optometric Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC), Optometry Scotland, Optometry Wales and Optometry Northern Ireland regarding optical practices and essential opening arrangements.

Please also click on the link below to view the statement from OFNC:-  

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COVID-19 UPDATES

We’re aware you have been receiving a lot of information recently. Below there are links to the various bits of information so they are all in one place. These link have also been mailed out to all LOC's:-

 Useful Links 

 

The College of Optometrists   LINK

 

The AOP LINK 

 

ABDO LINK 

 

GOC LINK 

 

The College have also produced a well worded joint statement with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists about Viral Conjunctivitis and Covid-19 : LINK

 

The NHS England SOPs for Primary care (link) have not changed since 5th March but expect an update any time now.  


The GOC has issued a couple of important statements:

1) A joint statement with the other healthcare regulators recognising that professionals may need to depart from their usual procedures at this time : LINK

2) Reassurance that using professional judgement we can supply spectacles and contact lenses without first requiring the patient to attend an optical practice : LINK

 

The main GOC Covid-19 page which references these and other statements is here : LINK

 

Optical Fees Negotiating Committee (OFNC) are working with NHSE on financial support and adjustment to contract requirements. Statement today : LINK.

 


This sector-specific advice sits on top of the Government advice to all citizens : LINK  

 

This advises risk groups, those over 70 and those with underlying health conditions (details on the site) to follow social distancing measures.

 

Social distancing is explained here : LINK

 

It has been announced that Schools will provide childcare (not education) for children of health & social care workers so they can continue to work.

 

The guidance the schools are following is here : LINK

 

As yet there is no clarity on whether or not optical professionals are ‘essential workers’.  For now we advise that if you can’t do without the childcare support in order to fulfil your healthcare role you should assert that you are a key worker, until we are provided with a clear position on this.   The argument is especially strong if you provide MECS which we expect to be busier than usual.  The Optical Bodies are working on a model letter you can use to reply to schools which will come out via the optical representative organisations. 

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Guidance For Outpatient Service Management CIOS
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Planned Care Providers March 24th
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OFNC STATEMENT
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