Covid-19 update 17th July 2020
Dear Friend of Rivendell,
Preparing for a second Coronavirus spike
With a potential second coronavirus spike and more local lockdowns on the horizon, Rivendell Care & Support are preparing on how best to continue to protect our Service Users and Care Workers.
This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was challenged about preparations for a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic if the disease rebounds in the winter.
It comes less than a month after Leicester was plunged into the UK’s first local lockdown following a coronavirus spike in the city.
Infection prevention and control
Infection prevention and control (IPC) is a scientific approach and practical solution designed to prevent harm caused by infection to patients and health workers. It is grounded in infectious diseases, epidemiology, social science and health system strengthening.
We are constantly ensuring that all care workers are up to date with online training with Infection prevention and control, as new practices and findings are being developed during the pandemic. Care Workers have online access to our policies and procedures that are constantly being updated.
Rivendell continues to have a good source of PPE (personal protective equipment) including; gloves, face masks, hand sanitizers, aprons and face shields, which are a one use item when carrying out different tasks at a service user. We ask each care worker for a weekly stock update to ensure that there is a constant supply.
Covid-19 and the use of gloves
As part of the guidance from Public Health England in relation to coronavirus gloves must be:
- Worn when in direct contact with a Service User whether they have symptoms of COVID-19 or not
- Worn when you are within two metres of someone who is coughing, whether providing direct care to them or not
- Worn when providing direct care, such as assisting a Service User to get in and out of bed, feeding, dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting, dressing etc.
- Worn when unintended contact is likely i.e. due to challenging behaviour
- Worn when shielding a Service User defined as vulnerable by Public Health England
- Changed after completion of a procedure or task
- Changed if a perforation or puncture is suspected
- Appropriate for use, fit for purpose and well-fitting
- Put on properly (donned) and taken off properly (doffed)
- Disposed of in either clinical waste where this is available or, in the case of use for Service Users with symptoms of COVID-19, double bagged and left in a safe location for 72 hours
- Worn when exposure to blood and/or other body fluids, non-intact skin or mucous membranes is anticipated or likely as per standard infection control procedures outside a pandemic
Disposable gloves are single use and must be disposed of immediately after completion of a procedure or task and after each Client, followed by hand hygiene. Care must be taken not to touch the face, mouth or eyes when wearing gloves.
COVID-19 Uniform Care
- Wash uniforms and clothing worn at work at the hottest temperature suitable for the fabric
- A wash for 10 minutes at 60ºC removes almost all micro-organisms
- Washing with detergent at lower temperatures – down to 30ºC – eliminates MRSA and most other micro-organisms, including coronaviruses
- Testing for all essential workers and their household, who have developed symptoms of the coronavirus, will now take place to support staff to return to work where the test is negative.
- Staff can book a test online directly via the online ‘arrange a test’ form or Rivendell Care & Support can register and refer self-isolating staff, this can be discussed with your line manager when staff sickness is reported. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested#arrange-a-test
- Tests consist of a regional test site drive-through appointment or a home test kit can be selected. Home test kit availability will initially be limited but more will become available.
Ensuring that immunisations are up to date
It’s important that vaccines are given on time for the best protection; the NHS is still continuing to provide this service. If you think you are due a vaccine, please contact your GP. This could include: Pneumococcal (PPV) vaccine, Flu vaccine or Shingles vaccine.
We highly recommend that our Service Users and Care Workers continue to have regular health check ups.
Government Guidelines for the most vulnerable
We suggest continuing to follow the Government guidelines especially for over 70 year-olds and vulnerable people.
Wearing Face Masks from the 24th July
Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is to become mandatory from 24 July.
Those who fail to comply with the new rules will face a fine of up to £100, the government has announced.
Children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.
The list of exemptions has not yet been published, but the rules for face masks on public transport exempt anyone who cannot wear one “because of any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability”, who would experience “severe distress” from doing so, or relies on lip reading, among other reasons.
Rivendell will continue to monitor this on a regular basis and update you accordingly.
If there is anything else we can help you with please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Our very best wishes,
The Rivendell Care and Support Team
Juliette, Joshua, Camille and Pallavi