Information re Coronavirus for Staff, Carers and Service users – 13.03.20.

We are writing with an update in relation to the current situation regarding the Coronavirus and recent amends to the advice to be followed;

  • If you have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus from one of the identified affected areas as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, you are advised to stay at home and use the NHS111 online Coronavirus service or call NHS111 for advice.
  • More regular handwashing using soap and water and washing hands for at least 20 seconds with hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose or after being in public areas. Use hand sanitiser if that is all you have access to.
  • To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately – follow the catch it, bin it, kill it guidance. Then wash your hands or use hand sanitiser gel
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of any infection being passed on to other people.

The most recent advice from the Government was announced on Thursday the 12.03.20 and this is that if you develop a NEW persistent cough or a fever then you are to self-isolate for seven days.

As an organisation, we have a plan in place to manage this situation as it develops and we will be seeking the advice and support of Public Health as and when required to ensure that we are acting in the best interests of our staff, service users and carers.

Our advice remains the same as per our previous letter to you;

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.