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Bulletin 143 (01-07-21)
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Key messages from all-staff briefing
Members of the Executive team led our latest all-staff briefing yesterday. Thank you to the 135 staff who joined and asked questions. If you couldn’t make it but would like to catch up you can watch back here: https://bit.ly/July2021StaffBriefing
Items covered included
- Integrated Care Partnership starting this week
- Progress on Urgent and Emergency Care, return of CQC and managing COVID cases in the hospital again
- Ways of working and importance of adherence to continued infection control
- Future ways of working after 19 July
- Development of Clinical Strategy and Academic Strategy
Chief Nurse Lenny Byrne gave an update regarding management of the hospital with COVID cases now back on site and the importance of all staff continuing to adhere to all infection control measures. A summary of this is given below:
- Prevalence of COVID in the hospital: At the time of the briefing we have 7 confirmed cases of COVID. The ages of these patients vary, from in their 20s to 70s. Some have had their vaccine, and others have not. COVID is still very real and whilst there has been huge improvements in managing COVID through vaccines and infection control procedures, we do not have 100% vaccine coverage in the population and different variants have developed. In 48 hours we have gone from one patient to seven. It appears we will have to make plans to live with COVID in our home lives and accommodate it in the hospital for longer than the national government imposed restrictions remain.
- Visiting: We will be monitoring very closely the community numbers and numbers of confirmed COVID in the hospital. At present we are keeping to the rule of one – one visitor, one hour, per day. We have had one incidental case of COVID in the hospital and so if there is an increase in the community, we want to keep the disease away from our wards so we will continue to review this.
- Expressions of interest to work on COVID Wards: I am taking expressions of interest to work on COVID wards. Whilst I understand some staff will feel reluctant to do so for the first time, or again, I know some of you will want the opportunity to. We are planning for both disease-related COVID (those presenting with COVID symptoms) and incidental COVID (those attending with other conditions and who test positive upon swabbing), and will be using Meavy to support the Plym pathway for emergency admissions.
- Schools: Please speak to your line manager at the earliest opportunity if you experience caring difficulties and our HR team are also available to help support staff with queries. They can be contacted on telephone: External: 01752 437042 Internal: 37042 or via email at email@example.com
- Masks and car sharing: We are asking all staff, patients and visitors to wear surgical masks. This also applies to any staff sharing transport to and from work – this is an extension of your workplace when sat together.
- Isolation: Please note that you do not need to isolate if you are one degree removed from a COVID case. So if there is a case of COVID at your child’s school bubble and they are sent home to isolate, you do not need to isolate yourself unless your child or someone else in your family tests positive for COVID.
- Test and Trace: If you are told by Test and Trace to isolate, you must do so. Please note having a negative PCR test does not overrule this.
- Lateral flow testing: Please continue to test yourselves during the week. This is a very quick way for us to understand any prevalence of the virus among our staff and any asymptomatic cases. There will be information regarding how you can order your own boxes of testing kits and uploading your results to a staff portal very soon.
- Negative LFT but feeling unwell? Please note, if you have had a negative LFT result but you have any symptoms of COVID, you must please take a PCR test. An LFT test is fine for routine testing of people without symptoms. Anyone with symptoms must take a PCR test. Thank you.
- Hand hygiene: a polite reminder that you must be bare below the elbow in clinical areas. With a CQC re-visit likely, please be very mindful of the guidelines for best practice and do not wear anything below the elbow, watches included.
Here to Help
- The Centralised Absence Reporting Line remains open on 01752 430000 and staff have been trained to advise you with any queries you have. Please do call them. The line is staffed from 6am to 8pm. If calling outside of these hours, please leave a message on the answering service.
- For more information please visit: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/covid-19-advice-for-staff
If you are interested and meet the criteria, please call 07811 017580. The Research & Development Department are looking for participants interested in taking part in a trial of booster COVID19 vaccines. Volunteers would need to be in good health, 30 years of age or older, and have previously received 2 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before March 28th, 2021. The booster injection is the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.
Trust policy and Guidance
Trustwide COVID-19 Patient Screening Assessment.pdf [pdf] 395KB Updated 11.01.2021
De-escalation and patient discharge
Staff track and trace website (only accesible from Trust devices)