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COVID-19 clinical support

The current category is COVID-19 General

PPE and Infection Control

Guidance for Primary Care

New recommendations for primary and community health care providers in England were published on 22nd January 2021 by Public Health England.

To precis their guidance, when carrying out face-to-face appointments, practices should:
• remotely triage all attending patients prior to the visit; and
• ensure local arrangements for minimising contact with others and social distancing
are followed.

If the environment cannot be made Covid-19 secure staff should:
• wear a surgical mask and allow adequate time following appointments to clean and
ventilate clinic room; and
• patients should wear a face mask if they are able to do so.
More information is available in the recently revised national standard operating procedures for general pratice in the context of Covid-19.

PPE Portal

The PPE Portal has changed from being an ‘emergency top-up’ system to meeting COVID-19 PPE requirements. Eligible primary care providers in England (including community pharmacists, optometrists, dentists, orthodontists and GPs) should now order PPE through the portal, free of charge, to meet the increased need that has arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exemptions from face coverings

CPR and resuscitation in non-acute hospital settings