Content originally from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnerships
A new national service to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to GP practices and other NHS providers has been launched. This allows all our surgeries to order a free top-up of PPE every week if orders through their usual suppliers are not sufficient for their needs. New guidance for domiciliary carers in their use of PPE while providing care has also been released in the past week.
The Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership has now contacted all 307 care homes in our footprint, with more than 75% of them engaged in the training programme we are offering in COVID-19 infection prevention and control.
Antibody tests that show whether a person has been infected with the virus and recovered from it are now available for NHS staff in mid and south Essex to book. All provider, CCG and primary care colleagues have received communication from their organisations with details of how to book an appointment at a designated phlebotomy centre to have the blood test. The testing is part of a national research project and will give Public Health England a better understanding of how many people across the country have already had the virus.
NHS staff are being advised that the test will confirm whether they have had the virus – but if they do have antibodies detected, it’s important to remember that they are still required to observe all national guidance as there is no clear evidence that they will be immune from either catching the virus again or from passing it on.