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COVID-19 update

Following recent developments around the coronavirus situation (also known as COVID-19 acute respiratory disease), please note the steps NHS Professionals is taking for our bank members, in line with advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.

 

What is coronavirus?

 

Wuhan novel coronavirus is a new strain of coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan City, China. The virus has now been declared a global pandemic.

Some typical symptoms are:

 

  • Fever
  • Cough – recent onset of a new continuous cough if you have any of these symptoms you must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days
  • Shortness of breath

The Department of Health and Social Care publish regular information on their website which has relevant advice including to stay at home for 14 days if you have either: a high temperature or a new continuous cough.

 

N.B. The emerging evidence base on COVID-19 is rapidly evolving. Further updates may be made to this guidance as new detail or evidence emerges.

This will help to protect others in your community while you are infectious. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you’re staying at home. If you are no better within 14 days contact; NHS 111.

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

What does this mean for you as an NHSP bank member or a Doctors Direct locum?

 

NHS Professionals and Doctors Direct are working closely with our client Trusts and local and national health bodies to ensure all necessary precautions are taken. Where Personal and protective equipment (PPE) is required you will be expected to use this. Local Trusts will advise you if this is necessary.

 

If you feel that you may be at risk or start to recognise any of the symptoms described, please take the steps outlined above.

 

Please be assured that the UK is well prepared for these types of incidents and the NHS has tested processes and procedures to manage pandemics.

 

We hope this information reassures you, but if you have any questions, whether you work through NHS Professionals or Doctors Direct, we have a dedicated email address for you to contact: pandemicplanning@nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk

We have updated our website with the latest resources relating to Covid19 and you will be signposted to online training, Frequently asked Questions and Myth busting from World Health organisation.

NHS Professionals & Doctors Direct

Last updated: 24th March 2020