I move between an inpatient unit and an annexed flat in the grounds to deliver care to patients. Should I change my PPE or clothing?
PPE should be changed. However, clothing changes are not required if entering directly into another Trust building without leaving the grounds.
If going outside for your break do you have to change back into your external clothes and then put scrubs / internal clothes back on after your break?
Yes, clothing changes are required. Moving between wards would be classed as the end of a session and therefore new PPE should be applied if social distancing of 2 metres is not possible or when the individual is required to be within 2 metres of …
Follow the standard operating procedure for clothing during Covid-19. Work clothing should be washed at 60 degrees centigrade.
All units should follow the standard operating procedure for clothing during Covid-19. Staff should have a change of clothes or scrubs in work.
Does changing clothes apply to people who go on and off the ward fairly regularly, but who do not provide patient care?
It is advisable that staff who are based in offices within ward areas observe the guidance to change clothing for travelling to and from work but not in between wards.
Staff based in the community are not expected to change clothing.
Scrubs will not be available in the community. Other work wear options are currently being considered where a uniform is not available already.
Do staff that are escorting service users have to change from scrubs to their own clothes then into a fresh set of scrubs on return?
Yes. Therefore, leave should be carefully scheduled taking this into account.
This is the staff member’s own responsibility and needs to be of a fabric that can be washed at 60°.
There needs to be a discussion between the member of staff and managers and then discussion with infection prevention and control for suitable alternative to be arranged.
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