- 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.
- Recommended PPE for healthcare professionals in different settings
- Efficacy of standard face masks compared to respirator masks in preventing COVID-type respiratory illnesses in primary care staff. Summary: Standard masks are probably ok, but form only one part of effective PPE.
Exemptions from face coverings
- A reminder that people exempt from wearing face coverings do not need to get a note from their GP and can self-certificate. More information on the list of exemptions. A medical exemption note is not needed.
In primary care settings there are two relevant pieces of advice that should be followed. The advice published by Public Health England on the use of Personal Protective Equipment in primary care. Further Government advice on working safely in non-hospital settings
- London Principles of managing infection prevention and control in General Practice whilst caring for all patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Guidance on correct donning and removal of PPE . PPE is only effective if removed correctly.