Guidance for Primary Care
- Quick Reference Guide to PPE: Infection Prevention and Control Quick Reference Guide, including recommended PPE for healthcare professionals in different settings (UPDATED October 2020).
- Illustrated Guide for Staff: An illustrated guide for staff to the use of PPE in community and social care settings (for staff training)
- Donning and Doffing Guide: Guidance on correct donning and removal of PPE . PPE is only effective if removed correctly. (Video guide)
- Understanding the impact of masks of communication: A useful poster on the impact of masks on communication including information on how to support patients with hearing loss
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
- 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.
CPR and resuscitation in non-acute hospital settings
- PHE statement on CPR as an Aerosol Generating Procedure
Please note: UK IPC guidance will not be adding chest compressions to the list of AGPs. Healthcare organisations may choose to advise their clinical staff to wear FFP3 respirators, gowns, eye protection and gloves when performing chest compressions (in line with Reus Council statement below for patients at high or medium risk of Covid) but we strongly advise that there is no potential delay in delivering this life saving intervention.
- CPR and resuscitation in non-acute hospital settings (Resus Council)
Reimbursement for PPE Expenses
In August 2020, national guidance was issued for practices to claim for reimbursements for covid related expenses through the national Covid-19 Support Fund, excluding PPE. The government has now published guidance on the claims process for PPE here.