Information re Coronavirus for Staff, Carers and Service users – 04.03.20.

As you will be aware a number of cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the UK and as an organisation we are keeping a watching brief on the information and guidance being provided by Public Health England.

Symptoms of covid – 19

The following symptoms may develop 14 days after exposure to someone who has covid – 19 infection;

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

If you are worried about yourself or someone you care for the advice is to call NHS 111 or to go to the NHS111 coronavirus advice website. If are advised not to go to your GP or other Healthcare environments such as walk in clinics or A and E.

Prevention of spreading the virus

There are a number of good practice infection control measures you can take to prevent the spread of the virus to yourself and those you care for and these include;

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – the length of time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice – or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser. This is particularly important if you have used public transport.
  • If using a hand sanitiser, use one with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
  • Cover a cough and/or a sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the bin.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home and in the work environment as applicable such as door handles, phone handsets etc
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

 If you have any worries or concerns then please do seek medical advice from the sources provided in this letter. We will keep you updated in relation to any changes to the advice we receive or any plans we might have to make regarding our service delivery.

Please note:

Staff – If you have any of the above symptoms or concerns then follow the above advice and inform your line manager immediately before considering coming into the work place.

Service Users – we would kindly ask that if you are concerned that you may have the above mentioned symptoms then you refrain from accessing the service, seek advice as described above, and inform the manager of that service.

Please note that if anyone arrives at Supportability services and displays any of the symptoms described above they will be asked to leave the service and return home/carers will be asked to collect their cared for immediately.