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    COVID 19 GUIDANCE FOR OUR NURSES AND HEALTHCARE STAFFS

    We sincerely thank our nurses & healthcare staff for their proceeding with responsibility and care for individuals during this pandemic. Below we have given key messages and up-to-date official guidance from the government to help and secure you at work.

    General information and guidance

    Our absolute priority is the health of our nurses. While providing care, we don’t want you to put yourself in harms. We request you to guarantee successful utilization of personal protective equipment and follow significant contamination control necessities.

    1. If you have COVID 19 symptoms:
    1. Self – isolation & treatment of COVID 19 symptoms:

    How long to self – isolate: As per rule you need to stay 10 days at home if you have symptoms of COVID 19. You might need to extend the self-isolation period if your symptoms do not go away.

    Further guidance on self-isolation and treatment can be found here

    1. Guidance on protecting vulnerable people:

    On the off chance that you have been recognized as a vulnerable person & have long-term health conditions, you should self-isolate for a more drawn-out period. Please follow the guidance here on shielding and protecting vulnerable people and NHS guidance on living with vulnerable people.

    1. Returning to work:
    • When you were symptomatic – please follow the guidance here to familiarize yourself with returning to work criteria
    • When you were asymptomatic while tried as a piece of routine testing you can stay at work or get back to work right away. When you were tested as a part of the contact testing investigation then please follow the guidance here
    1. Staffs who came in contact with a confirmed case in a health & care setting:

    On the off chance that you have been told that you are a contact of a confirmed case in a health and care setting, then it should be escalated for a risk- assessment. Whether a risk assessment is needed can be looked for from the Health Protection Team.

    The risk assessment should assess any PPE use and other moderating elements that may decrease the danger of disease transmission so much that the individual distinguished as a contact doesn’t have to self-isolate.

    1. When you are a contact of a COVID 19 confirmed case in the community:

    In this case, you need to self-isolate for 10 days. Further guidance can be found here.

    1. Travel advice:

    As per the latest GOV.UK guidance, it is illegal to travel abroad for holidays. To travel abroad, you should have a permitted reason. When you return to the UK please follow the guidance

    Stay up to date with the latest GOV.UK advice

    1. Guidance for Pregnant staffs:

    You should work from home where possible and avoid contact with anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 and should practice social distancing. Strong advice has been issued by government that pregnant women should be stringent about ‘social distancing’.

    Read the government guidance on social distancing

    To stay up to date with the latest RCOG Pregnancy guidance, please visit

    1. Guidance on PPE:

    Specific guidance has been issued by the NMC on personal protective equipment. You can find that guidance here

    Donning PPE:

    Pre-donning prerequisites:

    • This should be undertaken outside the patient’s room
    • Need to be hydrated
    • Need to tie hair back
    • Need to remove jewelry
    • Ensure that correct size PPE is available
    • Hand hygiene essential before putting on PPE

    You can check guidance from Public Health England here

    Doffing PPE:

    • Before leaving the patients room, PPE removal is essential
    • Be cautious While removing PPE so that it will not cause any cross-contamination
    • Your mask must be removed when you are outside the patient’s room
    • If you need to leave the room ensure that you leave yourself enough time to doff the PPE appropriately. It should not be rushed

    You can check guidance from Public Health England here

    You can check video demonstration from Public Health England on donning & doffing PPE.

    1. Reducing the chances of infection spread in your home:

    Just because you are in your own home does not mean that you will be free from the potential spread of infection.

    • Clean your hands often with soap & water for 20 seconds
    • In case soap & water is not available, use hand sanitizer
    • When you cough or sneeze, do not forget to cover your mouth & nose with a tissue
    • Used tissues should be thrown immediately in the bin and do not forget to wash your hands afterward
    • The objects and surfaces which you touch often should be cleaned
    • Shared bathroom should be cleaned each time you use it

    Some general information:

    • Use cleansers or dye when you clean your home
    • Put utilized tissues and expendable cleaning materials in junk packs, place the sack in a subsequent sack and tie it safely – hang tight for 3 days prior to placing it in your external receptacle
    • Wash your clothing in the washing machine in the usual way.

    Please follow the NHS advice on COVID-19 to stay up to date.

     

    How to stay safe and help prevent the spread of Coronavirus

    Even though many people have been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19. The restrictions of COVID-19 are lifted but we are still in the third wave of this pandemic and there is a risk of catching & spreading the virus. It is necessary for us to protect ourselves and others around us.

    Following the below guidance can help us stay safe and protect others by controlling the spread.

    Get tested and self-isolate:

    If you test positive you need to self-isolate and follow the stay at home NHS guidance which can help in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others around us.

    From 16 August, if you have been fully vaccinated then you will be exempt from the self-isolation if you are a contact of a positive case & you will be advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. You will also be exempt from self-isolation from 16 August if you are under 18 and a contact of a positive case. You will be advised to take PCR test.

    You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate, or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate. You should visit your local authority website for details on Test & Trace Support Payments and practical support offered in your area.

    Get Vaccinated:

    If you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated. To know about how to book your vaccine, please visit.

    Use the NHS COVID–19 app:

    This app is free and very easy to use. It helps us to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. It provides us information if we have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, even if we don’t know each other. To know more about this app, please visit

    Wear a face covering:

    COVID-19 spreads through the air by droplets and aerosols that are exhaled from the nose and mouth of an infected person. The Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas to prevent the spread.

    Test twice a week:

    Testing twice a week increases the chances of detecting COVID-19 when a person is infectious, helping to make sure you don’t spread COVID-19. Rapid lateral flow testing is available for free to anybody, but is particularly focused on those who are not fully vaccinated. To find out more about how to get rapid lateral flow test, please visit

    NHS COVID Pass:

    It allows us to check our COVID status and demonstrate that we are at lower risk of transmitting to others. For more information please visit

    Avoid close Contact:

    The main way of spreading COVID-19 is through close contact with an infected person. You can try to limit the close contact you have with people.