As we start a new day in what will be an immensely difficult time I
wanted to update you on some important points.
I also want to thank each of you for all you are doing despite the
risks you are facing.
There have been some amazing stories about ICG Nurses which make me
very proud to be your Head of Nursing, a nurse who has specifically
requested to work on COVID positive wards only, nurses offering to
go to areas they would not normally go to, nurses collecting
colleagues who have transport issues, nurses offering colleagues a
place to stay to avoid having to use public transport and these are
just the acts of kindness I have been told about so I know there
are many more. On behalf of your patients/clients, their families
and loved ones, colleagues and all of us at ICG Thank You for all you are doing.
Updates are as follows
effect No one is to wear their uniform/scrubs to and from work –
change on arrival and when leaving
All Health and
Social care organisations are following their countries
current Public Health PPE requirements the
nurse must wear a surgical mask, gloves, apron and
where required a visor.
In ITU/ICU/HDU or
if the patient is undergoing aerosol generating procedures
such as non-invasive ventilation, open suctioning,
tracheostomy procedures, high-flow nasal oxygen etc. FFP3
masks, waterproof gown as well as apron, gloves and visor are
a mandatory requirement for suspected and confirmed COVID 19 patients..
Some Trusts are also using FFP3 masks in other areas which is
adding to the confusion about what to use and when.
As Public Health requirements change or
Trusts notify us we will inform you of changes. “Clean and Dirty”
areas are also being established in all A&E/ED’s and other high
risk areas are being identified by each organisation, in these the
PPE may be above the current recommended level.
Fit Mask testing is continuing in health and social care
organisation, if you have not been tested or are unable to wear an
FFP3 mask you are not able to care for a patient where this mask is a
Some organisation are still waiting for deliveries of PPE which is
causing issues over availability if you experience a lack of the
appropriate equipment please make sure you DATIX/incident report
this and inform me so I can speak to the organisation to raise
concerns where required
Key worker status – please ensure you have your agency ID badge with
you at all times if you are challenged about you status as a key
worker whilst travelling or shopping in the NHS/Key worker slots
you badge will be evidence of your status as a nurse/midwife/HCA
Your health please remember if you have are pregnant or have a
health condition which increases your risk if you were to contract
COVID 19 you MUST tell me so that the appropriate risk assessment can
be undertaken to minimise the risk to you. If you are unsure then
speak to me on 07496882532
If you will have travel difficulties now that public transport is
being reduced speak to your agency so organisations can be asked if
they can provide temporary accommodation for you. If the altered
service means you know in advance you cannot arrive on time tell
your agency so we can negotiate start and end times for you.
Keep your agency and me informed of any problems you are having so
we can help and support you to continue the valuable work you are