As of Monday 15 June all visitors and staff are required to wear face masks in non clinical areas. You will be able to collect your face masks from designated face mask stations as well as dispose of them in clinical waste bins located nearby. Signage clearly identifies these stations and you will notice new “keep left” signage posted in corridors to help maintain social distancing and safe use of enclosed areas.
Please be aware that the use of face masks does not remove the need for other measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, such as social distancing, hand hygiene, and other measures where appropriate.
Standard operating procedures for PPE can be found in the Clinical Guidance section. It’s important to remember to apply basic infection prevention control protocols that you all know and do as part of your everyday clinical roles, alongside the guidance which is there to support you.
We’re confident that our guidelines and procedures are consistent with the national picture.
For any queries about infection control and PPE please contact the Trust’s Infection Control Team on 0113 85 55957 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is an answer machine in operation which will direct you to the colleague on call.
All your interactions with patients must take place as though they are a COVID19 positive case – in line with the scientific evidence
Please wear gloves, an apron and mask in all patient interactions. Eye protection such as goggles / visors should also be worn at all times where a 2 meter distance cannot be maintained. Please note eye protection is currently stored in grab bags.
Change your gloves and apron following every patient interaction or when moving from one area to another i.e. activity room to lounge area
Masks should be changed following breaks, eating and drinking. It is important to take regular drinks breaks when wearing masks as wearing a mask all the time can increase the risk of dehydration.
Please ensure you wash your arms as well as your hands thoroughly in line with best practice. This is in case you have any spillage droplets on your arm whilst working bare bellow the elbows.
Here is a link to a helpful video featuring Stan Cutcliffe, our Senior Nurse in Infection Control, showing you how you should be Donning and Doffing PPE safely. The following guides are from the Public Health England website:
There are two main types of standard face masks – ‘standard surgical mask’ and ‘standard surgical FFP3’. We would like to reassure you that both masks are water repellent, and do exactly the same job. Neither is superior to the other and the only difference is how these masks are tied to your head.
There are efficient stock management processes in place across our 12 store rooms for the distribution of PPE equipment. From now on each service area will move to a three day replenishment schedule, so all services should have enough stock available locally for staff to use. Please remember that our Logistics Team are on hand to replenish stock within one day should more stock be needed.
We are asking staff to ensure they are familiar with how to fit check their mask, using the guidance given during fit testing. This should be carried out each time you put on a new FFP3 mask.
By training you to fit check, you will have the expertise to know when a mask is fitted properly – regardless of the brand, rather than needing to be fitted for each brand. This change is a valuable piece of learning that has been shared with us by colleagues from Leeds Teaching Hospitals and other areas of the country.
Infection control have trained staff as “fit testers” with regards to face masks, these testers will disseminate training to all staff required to wear PPE should the need arise.
From Monday 22 June 2020 the process for ordering scrubs is changing. From now on, if you require scrubs, please discuss this with your line manager in the first instance. The order should then be placed in the usual way of ordering of any uniforms i.e. via team administrators ordering a non-catalogue request through the iProc system.
The order will be processed by the Procurement Team in the usual timescales and will be subject to supplier lead times. Please contact the Procurement Team for assistance if necessary
Infection prevention guidance when moving to different sites
We realise that moving from one place to another may cause some anxiety and you may have a number of questions relating to infection prevention control and PPE. Please follow this guidance, and use PPE and infection prevention procedures, to reduce the risk of any cross infection and enhance the safety of everyone.
Ward layouts are currently being revised to establish separate zones to deal with differing needs of service users, to keep everyone safe we are implementing a colour code system to identify different zones and the safety measures to take when entering these zones. The following posters will be displayed throughout the Trust:
Due to the increased potential for cross contamination, please do not undertake split shifts for the time being. If you are asked to do a split shift at last minute in the case of a staffing emergency, please remember:
At the end of your first shift: Put your uniform into a plastic bag, take a shower and change into new uniform before starting your next shift.
At the end of your second shift: Put both uniforms into a plastic bag and change into your personal clothes before leaving.
Once you arrive home: Wash both uniforms at 60 degrees and take another shower.
It is important that hand hygiene guidance is followed at all times to help prevent the spread of infection. Washing hands in soap and water or alcohol sanitising gel is recommended.
We are doing all we can to ensure all clinical wards and community areas have the equipment they need to care for patients, staff and visitors to keep them safe from an infection prevention perspective.
The advice from Public Health England is focused on how people can protect themselves and others from spreading the infection through good hygiene and social distancing measures.
Please display posters in your staff and public areas about good hand washing technique and social distancing advice – these can be found in the resources section.
A short clarifying statement for those working in ALL WARDS
Please arrive at work in your own clothes and change into your uniform in the sites where we have changing facilities. You must double bag your uniform when taking it home and wash it on a 60 degree wash as soon as you are home. Take a shower and wash your hands on arrival at home.
If you don’t have a uniform please follow the same principles as described above and ensure you wear clean laundered clothes each time you come to work. This will help to maintain effective infection prevention principles.
Please use a single orange bag to contain infectious waste and used PPE. If you work in the community, reusable containers will soon be provided to keep in your car to make sure hazardous waste can be transported safely. Please make sure you have enough orange bags in your car before your community visits.
For CMHTs, bags are available from the satellite PPE store at Aire Court
For CLDs, bags are available from the satellite PPE store at Willow House, St Mary’s Hospital.
In the interim, you can use yellow bags and double bag them, but please try and collect orange bags as soon as possible.