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KEY MESSAGES: FRIDAY 26 June 2020

Risk Assessments

The CCG wrote to all practices this week requesting assurance in relation to risk assessments and business continuity plans. NHSE/I have requested that a letter is shared with general practice relating to actions required to risk assess at-risk groups and ensure staff know how to access occupational health. The Email states that for General Practice, the implications re reporting will be considered by the North, East and Yorkshire Primary Care Group on 1st July 2020. The outcome of that will be shared once known.


Endoscopy appointments: Urgent Action

When booking a person directly to endoscopy practices are reminded that the person needs to isolate for 7 days prior to the appointment, could you please inform the patient of the need to isolate from the referral date.  Some people have been booked with just 3 days’ notice and CHFT are unable to the test and have to rebook the person which can cause distress.


COVID Follow Up Clinic

CHFT have developed a Covid Follow up clinic designed to review patients treated in hospital for Covid 19 illness regardless of whether they were swab positive as there is a false negative rate in swabbing of approximately 15-30%.  Respiratory Medicine have attained a list (via health informatics) of all patients treated at any CHFT site and will arrange follow up of those deemed to require follow up or those who would benefit from follow up. Follow up will be carried out as per the British Thoracic Society and NHSE guidance. Respiratory Medicine will organise any follow up imaging and investigations as deemed necessary.  Patients will be assessed using a standardised proforma to help identify any ongoing healthcare needs (e.g. SALT, Psychology, physio etc.) and then referred onwards as appropriate.


Calderdale CCG – Schedule for GP practice COVID-19 testing

The CCG has set up a schedule for its GP practice COVID-19 testing. The schedule groups practices together by PCN, and sets out when testing kits will be delivered and collected between now and the end of August 2020. The schedule also includes contact details for and important information about the testing process. Full details attached


e-Referral Advice and Guidance

Please find attached a guide describing how to convert an e-Referral Advice and Guidance Request into a referral.  

Safeguarding remains a key priority for healthcare staff during the Covid19 pandemic.

The attached guidance has been produced to support primary care practitioners in identifying safeguarding children and adult issues during ‘virtual’ consultations.”


Perinatal support for BAME women / maternity risk letter

Please see attached a letter regarding perinatal support for BAME women during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) multilingual leaflets   

Public Health, Comms and CMBC have produced the attached leaflet, which covers basic messages for keeping safe during the pandemic, which includes test and trace contact details and details if someone requires extra support.  The leaflet is currently being translated, so that one side will be English and the other in the following languages. These will be circulated electronically shortly. Electronic copies have since been received for Urdu; Slovak; Polish and Czech these are attached.

  • Urdu
  • Polish
  • Czech
  • Slovak
  • Bengali

Please contact Kate Horne, Public Health Kate.Horne@calderdale.gov.uk  If you require printed copies of these and please state the language(s) required and quantities.


Telephone Answerphone message

As the UK Government’s strategy for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic has moved on from the ‘delay’ phase, please consider using the following script when recording updated answerphone messages:

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, such as a continuous cough or a high temperature, you should stay at home for at least seven days from when your symptoms started.

If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home or persists longer than seven days, please go to NHS 111 online, or call 111 if you cannot go online.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital unless advised to do so by NHS111 online or via phone. For information on getting a coronavirus test go to www.nhs.uk

For further information about our services (and access to online consultation – if applicable) please visit our practice website.


Question and Answer Session re: COVID-19 Secure in General Practice

Thurs 2nd July 2020 at 1:00pm-2:00pm.  Virtual Session hosted on Teams  

Chaired by Emma Bownas (CCG Senior Primary Care Quality and Improvement Manager);  Panel: Sandra Beaumont (Infection Prevention and Control Nurse Calderdale Council), Rob Gibson (CCG Senior Health and Safety Manager)

The session will give a brief introduction to requirements for safe ways of working but mainly will be chance to ask questions, test out some ideas and share solutions with each other.  An invitation via ‘team’ has been sent via Practice Managers but if you would like to receive information please contact calccg.calderdale.transformation@nhs.net  If you have any specific questions can you please submit these in advance of the session to calccg.calderdale.transformation@nhs.net

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