Living with COVID-19 – update for contractors

Following the publication of the new Government policy on ‘Living with COVID-19’, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued initial guidance to NHS service providers, including community pharmacy contractors.

The key points for community pharmacy are summarised below:

Staff who test positive – Healthcare staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not attend work until they have had two negative LFD test results taken 24 hours apart. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) will be updating its guidance tomorrow.

Testing for patients and staff – NHSE&I will provide more information in the coming weeks, but current testing protocols should continue until further guidance is received.

Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) – there are no immediate changes around the requirement to wear a mask/face covering in healthcare settings.

Find out more and read the NHSE&I letter in full

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