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Personal Protective Equipment

WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL 2020 - You will be aware that some staff have raised concerns about the availability of Personal Protective Equipment.

We have been clear with them that the safety of our staff is our prime concern and we are committed to ensuring that all staff have the appropriate equipment for the area they work in and the risk they are exposed to.

We are following the clinical guidance of PHE, based in the extensive research they have access to and developed with the Royal Colleges.  The advice has changed and nationally the distribution of supplies has been problematic.  Like all other Trusts across the country we have had staff working around the clock to try to ensure we have sufficient PPE available for our staff.

We are anticipating that there will be a further change in guidance coming from the PHE as a result of the increasing prevalence of Covid-19 in the community.  We have made the decision today to go above and beyond the PHE guidance and advise all staff coming in contact with patients in clinical areas to wear gloves, aprons and surgical masks.  We are in the process of making this available to all areas that need it.

We do not expect the guidance to change the recommended use of FFP3 protection.  This should be used in areas where Aerosol Generating Procedures are taking place.  As such, this applies to the resuscitation area for suspected Covid patients in the hot ED, and in the general hot area should AGP be carried out. 

A clinical advisory group of senior clinical staff will review the new guidance and make clear recommendations for each clinical area.