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Bulletin 142 (25-06-21)



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Expression of Interest for additional Covid response

I hope this e-mail finds you well. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge and thank you all for your continued responsiveness to the  challenges that Covid and the general busy nature of the hospital have created. We are hoping that Covid is beginning to move away from the forefront of our problems, but we do need to have a background plan in place should there be another surge. We are beginning to see a rise in numbers in the community and a small number of admissions in the last few days.


As always, in being prepared, I need to ask again for volunteers who may wish to come forward to support a surge in Covid demand and assist in running, supervising and delivering care in the red wards. I am very conscious that while making this ask, there are many of you who have already supported this challenge and will have mixed feelings about whether or not you wish to do this again. For those of you who do not wish to return, I can respect that and for those of you who wish to return, I will happily support your secondment for the period required (not sure how long that might be this time, but we do not expect the surge to be the same as before).


I am asking the wider group for expressions of interest in advance of any surge so that we can a) provide the necessary training b) have clear plans in place and c) be prepared in advance so that we can deploy the units as easily as possible.


Could I please ask you to email your heads of nursing if you are willing to support our next Covid surge? I know that volunteers coming forward by choice is always a much better way of organising things and if we can get the numbers of willing people we need, this will prevent the need to pull staff from every ward under duress at the last minute, which is something I am desperately trying to avoid.


I would be grateful if you could please support us with this. The expression of interest is open to all staff, both registered and non-registered. Please can you let us know as soon as possible.


As always, thank you for your ongoing support and dedication in continuing to provide excellent care for our patients.


Lenny Byrne 

Chief Nurse & Director of Integrated Professions


Use of NHS Track and Trace App for staff

It remains a Public Health legal requirement for staff having received a direction from track and trace to self-isolate so it is important to understand how the app works and ensure staff can be vigilant.


  • When at UHP sites -  please remember to keep the NHS Track and Trace App switched off due to PPE and infection control measures in place in support of caring for patients.
  • Using the app outside of work - Your phone acts as a proxy for you, so when two people’s phones are too close for 15 minutes or more and one tests positive, it asks the other to self isolate. The algorithm looks at time within 1m and time within 2m assigning a score to each. It is always possible that the phones were in a very different place to the person etc, but it is a legal requirement to self isolate if told to by the app.  It is worth remembering this (when placing phones on a shared table etc) and to have phones as close to your person as possible.


Please note the tables below which show transmission of the virus, even if you have had the vaccine.  Finally, if you have not yet had your Covid vaccine, please arrange do so.


Surveillance report tables

With many thanks for your continued support.


Elizabeth Cox

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer


All-staff Team Briefing - Wednesday 30 June

The next all-staff Team briefing via MS Teams will take place at 14:00 on Wednesday 30 June (45 minutes long). This is open to all staff to watch and join in with questions. The event link is


If there is anything in particular you would like addressed, please let us know by clicking the event link and in Teams you will see the ‘Ask a Question’ button in the bottom corner of the side panel. Please do let us know what’s on your mind by asking a question, which will help shape what the Executive Team talk about.


If you can’t join in at the time, you can catch up afterwards using the same link:


Booster Covid -19 Vaccine Trial - Volunteers required

The Research & Development Department are looking for participants interested in taking part in a trial of booster covid-19 vaccines.  Volunteers would need to be in good health, 30 years of age or older, and have previously received two doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna covid-19 vaccine before 28 March 2021. The booster injection is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.


If you are interested and would like to know more, please email and register your interest today.  We will then contact you by phone to discuss your general health and discuss potential studies with you.


Updated Hospital Map

UHPNT Escalation plan[pdf] 139KB


Social distancing resources - posters (link to Staffnet)


Trust policy and Guidance

Guidelines for the Management of Coronavirus Infectious Diseases v1.9 

COVID Management - Zone RAG Categories

COVID Pathways - 26.11.2020.pdf[pdf] 351KB

Covid Swab Testing Turnaround Limitations 

Learning Disability guidance v2 09.04.2020 

Learning disability passport v1 06.04.2020 

Management of healthcare worker exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace 11.11.2020 

Mask Fit Check

Patient Passport v1 - 04.12.2020

Removal of PPE - COVID Red Zone v1 24.03.2020

Resus - Amber area 01.04.2020

Resus - Red area 01.04.2020

SOP COVID-19 Testing Protocol [pdf] 530KB

Summary of local procedures for management of suspected and confirmed cases of Coronavirus Infectious Disease 2019 (COVID-19)[pdf] 1MB

Trustwide COVID-19 Patient Screening Assessment.pdf [pdf] 395KB Updated 11.01.2021

Ward Based Respiratory Care for COVID QA 10.06.2020 

Working from Home Guidance 08.10.202


National guidance

NHSE all speciality guides


De-escalation and patient discharge

COVID-19 De-escalation Algorithm - v 5 15.04.2020

Discharge of patient policy SARS-CoV-2 UHP v2 26.03.2020

Nurse assessment v3 21.04.2020

Post Covid discharge phone call flow chart v3 21.04.2020 


COVID vaccine information

Leaflet for healthcare workers 10.12.2020 

Multiple Staff Booking Request Template 

Management of Covid-19 vaccination clinical incidents Briefing [docx] 16KB

VITT Haematologist Proforma - June 2021 [pdf] 416KB

VITT Clinical Diagnostic & Initial Management Flow Chart - June 2021 [pdf] 425KB


Nightingale Hospital Exeter

The benefits of joining Team Nightingale 

Nightingale Hospital Exeter FAQ for managers and workforce leads

Nightingale Hospital Exeter FAQ for all staff

Nightingale Hospital Exeter - Secondment Registration Form

Testimonials from staff 


Staff Information

CEV Booking Request Template.xlsx[xlsx] 11KB

Change to shielding advice - Guidance for colleagues 24.03.21 [docx]

Change to sheilding advice - Guidance for managers 24.03.21 [docx]

COVID-19 Patient QA 

COVID-19 Secure Office Checklist v3 16.06.2020 

COVID-19 Staff assessment form

COVID-19 Team Risk Assessment v2 05.02.2021

Critical Worker letter 06.01.2021

Domestic abuse contacts for clinicans

Enquiry Email - Portacount Face Mask Testing updated 24.09.2020

Exposure to COVID19 in the workplace 26.06.2020 

FAQ Face Masks for Staff 24.08.2020 

How to put your surgical mask on 15.06.2020

Lateral Flow Testing FAQ

Lateral Flow Test Leaflet

Letter to all staff about Surgical Masks 11.06.2020 

Management Briefing Note - Coronavirus Risk Assessments

Mandatory Training Update Oct 2020 

NHS England Improvement Stakeholder Briefing 09.11.2020

NHS Test and Trace – process for UHP staff 10.06.2020

Risk Assessment Managers Briefing 25.11.2020 

Staff track and trace website (only accesible from Trust devices)

Supporting Long Covid June 2021.docx [docx] 61KB

UHP Working from home guidance 08.06.2020 

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