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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:

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 
  • 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:


Booster Covid -19 Vaccine Trial - Volunteers required

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.


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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