It may have some impact on test and trace but it is not specifically for this.
We undertake exercise with service users – I can’t wear a mask during this due to breathing. Can we go without the mask if social distancing during exercise?
Staff should only exercise with service users if this is done outside and social distancing can be maintained. If guidance on the use of gyms and sports halls changes, we will review our guidance.
With people from BAME backgrounds being more likely to develop severe coronavirus symptoms, will BAME staff be given FFP3 masks in the community?
Surgical masks protect just as much as the FFP3 mask in terms of droplet production that you encounter through a conversation. The only reason an FFP3 mask is needed is for aerosol generating procedures to protect against the finer mist.
Guidance for service users wearing masks has not changed. Visitors and those attending for outpatient appointments are expected to wear a face covering.
Visors will need cleaning with So-chlor each time they are removed. This will be when leaving the work environment and when taking a break.
Will the Trust be providing visors for community teams when we visit violent/aggressive patients for Mental Health Act assessments?
We provide visors for community staff in these situations. We are also looking at using goggles.
No, face masks are single use and should be disposed of safely when removed.
Yes, whenever you are in clinical inpatient areas unless you are working alone in an office on a ward or you are visiting the toilet. In community clinical locations and where an estates led risk assessment has deemed it a Covid-secure environment, face masks may …
Follow the supplier’s advice which is usually a full clinical shift however if it becomes damp or uncomfortable it needs to be changed. We don’t expect anyone to keep the same mask on for 12 hours as people will need to take comfort breaks which …
A standard operating procedure is available on the intranet regarding bins and disposal of face masks.