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KEY MESSAGES: 19 March 2020

Thanks for those who have responded to the Opel reporting and for your commitment to planning whilst continuing to deliver your services.

Please could those outstanding respond by 12:30 today (Thursday 19 March 2020).

This is vital to allow us to have consistency across Calderdale, keep you safe in delivering services and help us in making decisions to scale down sites. This is important for you and the public that decisions are manged carefully and with evidence.

The next preparedness letter has come out this morning from NHSE/I and will have come out directly to all practices.

An electronic copy of this letter, and all other relevant guidance from NHS England and NHS Improvement can be found at https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/

We have a virtual meeting this afternoon with CDs, LMC, CCG to work through our response to the 6 priorities outlined within the letter and further detail will be provided on a Calderdale proposal tomorrow.


There is a diabetes management briefing that has been produced and can be downloaded via the link below:

PLT Cancellation

There has been a separate email around cancelling PLT sessions until the end of May 2020 Prescribing Paracetamol


Paracetamol Prescriptions

  • Don’t supply ‘just in case’ paracetamol on prescription for patients who are struggling to buy this.
  • Please continue to prescribe for patients who are on regular paracetamol for pain relief or for new patients when clinically indicated.
  • Prescribing for self-care will increase workload for GPs and pharmacies plus putting pressure on pharmacy stocks of paracetamol.

Prescription duration

  • Please ensure all clinicians issue normal prescription quantities, ideally 28 days. Issuing larger quantities will risk stock shortages.
  • Please put all suitable patients on eRD with 28 day supply as the standard

Information Governance

Thanks very much.

Dr Caroline Taylor CCG, Dr Seema Nagpaul LMC, Dr Fawad Azam CD, Emma Bownas

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