COVID 19 – PANDEMIC INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC, LOCAL AUTHORITY, OUR SERVICE USERS, THEIR FAMILY AND/OR NETWORK & OUR STAFF

COVID 19 – PANDEMIC INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC, LOCAL AUTHORITY, OUR SERVICE USERS, THEIR FAMILY AND/OR NETWORK & OUR STAFF

Inshore has made some important decisions which will reduce the number of people attending our sites in person. These measures are in addition to the Government rules which say that everyone must stay home to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Visiting Service Users

If you are unwell, have a temperature or a new, persistent cough, you must not visit our sites or head office. If you are over 70 and or included on the Governments vulnerable persons list; you must not attend sites.

Visits from all friends and relatives of service users are currently suspended on all sites except for advocates who are required to make decisions on behalf of a service user who does not have capacity to make decisions for themselves and those decisions cannot be conveyed over the telephone. Other exceptional circumstances will be evaluated by means of an individual risk assessment, however, we would urge visitors and the local authority to work with us manage this during this difficult time and only make such requests when they are necessary.

On arrival to any site ALL Essential Key workers must immediately wash their hands and remove their shoes. Visitors must also wash their hands when they leave the site.

We appreciate your ongoing support with this difficult decision that will help us to better protect staff, visitors and service users from infection.

Staff

If you are unwell, have a temperature or a new, persistent cough, you must not visit our sites or head office. If you are over 70 and or included on the Governments vulnerable persons list; you must not attend sites or head office.

We are ensuring that all staff attending our sites remove their shoes, thoroughly wash their hands, and cover their clothes and wear the provided SCRUBS prior to having any contact with service users. PPE is also available. This ensures the safety of staff and service users and should limit the transmission of infection. This is mandatory for all staff.

We currently have sufficient staff to ensure a safe and effective service. Everyone plays a role in ensuring that this is maintained. The decisions announced above should ensure that this continues to be the case.

Managing Infection

Should we have a service user who displays symptoms of COVID19; we have a designated isolation area and an on-call team who will support the safe transfer of the service user to this area. It is our policy to transfer out service users to the NHS who display symptoms of COVID19 that we cannot safely manage in this area. Decisions will always be made in the best interests of the service user and the medical advice delivered, we will contact the next of kin/local authority if time permits.

Review

The above measures will be reviewed by the Board every three days.

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