Coronavirus – COVID-19

For staff lateral flow test please order from Gov.uk as Alliance Healthcare are no longer supplying pharmacy teams the kits.

Infection, Prevention and Control There are no immediate changes to IPC requirements.

This includes the requirement for staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask/face covering in healthcare settings. The consistent application of IPC measures, alongside the roll out of the vaccine programme and staff and patient testing, remains the most effective defence against the entry and spread of COVID-19 in healthcare settings.

We fully appreciate that this is not straightforward- you and your teams may feel relieved that there should still be some degree of protection in the workplace, but we are also aware of the challenges it can bring in requesting customers/patients to continue to wear face coverings in premises that they may not automatically consider as healthcare settings. A door poster can be downloaded from the link below.

 https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/nhs-resources-facilities/resources/nhs-IPC-resources/

 As you may have seen on PSNC and other sites, we are awaiting confirmation on the winding down of “pharmacy collect”, meanwhile as postal lateral flow tests are being further restricted you may experience a temporary additional demand.

 

What contractors and pharmacy teams can continue to do

Guidance for pharmacies has been published by NHSE&I, which is subject to review as the situation changes. Our general guidance is that pharmacy contractors and their teams:

  1. Read the NHSE&I guidance whenever it is updated and implement its recommended actions;
  2. Clearly display the COVID-19 posters at points of entry to your pharmacy;
  3. Complete a risk review for your pharmacy and put steps in place to mitigate any risks identified;
  4. All pharmacy staff should wear facemasks;
  5. Implement your business continuity plan where required
  6. Keep up to date with developments by regularly checking the information on  COVID-19 on GOV.UK, the NHSE&I Coronavirus Primary Care webpage and checking your NHSmail shared mailbox on a regular basis for updates from NHSE&I; and
  7. Where possible, display the Infection Prevention Control face coverings poster.