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Government-procured PPE ‘potentially unsuitable’

The Government estimated 195 million items of PPE it had procured were ‘potentially unsuitable’, a report by the government spending watchdog has revealed. It comes as GPs in the South West of England told how they had been sent ‘used’ gloves, revealed by Nursing in Practice‘s sister title Pulse – the latest in a string…
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GP practices sent ‘repurposed bin bags’ to use as PPE

GP practices in Scotland have been sent ‘official’ PPE aprons made from ‘repurposed bin bags’. They expressed concerns that these may not meet infection standards and would prove unsafe for staff. Nursing in Practice‘s sister title Pulse has approached the Scottish Department of Health and Social Care for comment. GP in rural Scotland Dr Beth…
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Government portal to meet all GP PPE demands through second Covid-19 spike

GP practices will be able to secure all of their PPE through a second Covid-19 spike from the Government’s PPE portal, the Department of Health and Social Care has pledged. GP practices will be able to order an expanded number of items according to their patient numbers, based on ‘demand modelling’ carried out by the…
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Government promises free PPE for care homes

Care homes should not need to spend any money on PPE this winter as part of a government Covid-19 plan for adult social care. Providers will also be told to ‘restrict all but essential movement of staff’ between care settings, backed by an extra £546m to help pay self-isolating care workers and ensure they only…
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Urological cancer referrals dropped by half during lockdown

Urgent referrals for urological cancers – including prostate cancer – dropped by half in during the Covid-19 pandemic in England, a leading men’s charity has warned. Prostate Cancer UK estimates that 27,000 fewer patients have been sent to urological cancer specialists since UK lockdown began in March, based on NHS England figures.   This puts…
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Healthcare workers ‘taking time off’ for dermatitis caused by PPE and hand washing

Healthcare workers suffering from skin conditions such as dermatitis, brought on by an increased use of PPE and hand washing, have been forced to take time off work, research has found.        The study, conducted by the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy, found six in ten (59%) of 200 hospital-based healthcare staff attending occupation skin…
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PHE downgrades PPE requirements for administering flu jabs

Practice nurses do not need single-use PPE such as gloves and aprons when administering flu jabs, according to new requirements from Public Health England (PHE). Earlier this month, NHS England said it was in discussions with PHE about potential changes to PPE requirements during flu clinics, suggesting requirements for jabs could be downgraded. The previous guidance on immunisations during the…
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PHE may downgrade PPE requirements for flu vaccinations, suggests NHSE

NHS England is in discussions with Public Health England about potential changes to PPE requirements during flu clinics. It made the comments in response to GPs’ concerns regarding the sheer amount of PPE that will be required to deliver this year’s expanded flu campaign, during an NHS England webinar last week. The current guidance on…
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Social care nursing is a unique profession – Covid-19 must not tarnish its appeal

Social care nursing is unique and an attractive proposition with a great many distinct differences to a nurse working in the NHS.

Covid-19: Healthcare workers at more risk despite PPE

Frontline healthcare workers with adequate personal protective equipment are still three times more at risk of testing positively for Covid-19 than the general population, a study has found. Researchers from King’s College London (KCL) and Harvard University looked at data from 2,035,395 people working outside healthcare and 99,795 frontline healthcare workers in the UK and…
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