Personal Protective Equipment
PPE - PHE guidelines
Please see the COVID-19 PPE guidance (5.4.20) from Public Health England.
See the summary chart for Recommended PPE for Primary and community care settings (table 2) .
PPE - BMA guidelines
The BMA has published General Practice Preparedness Guidelines (3.4.20) which include advice on PPE.
Their recommendation suggests:
'All patients in primary care should be treated as if they have COVID-19 infection and PPE must be worn at all times. Without widespread testing, and for the protection of frontline healthcare workers and patients alike, all must be properly protected.'
PPE supplies for primary care
****Update on 8.4.20 from the CCG****
- There is a new PPE online portal being developed by NHS Supply Chain for all CQC-registered community providers, including GP practices.
- Here’s some advice from the logistics cell who are monitoring developments about this: The ecommerce portal run by NHS Supply Chain/Clipper is open to all organisations registered with the CQC – an email from NHS England should have been issued yesterday. Please check you have received this and set up your access as soon as possible (although launch of the portal has been delayed from yesterday).
- Here's a link to the site: https://www.ppe-dedicated-supply-channel.co.uk/
- In the meantime, please do contact email@example.com, copying in firstname.lastname@example.org if you have less than 72 hours of PPE stocks.
- As above, we will moving to regular reporting of practice PPE supplies via submission of situation reports, which we will be sharing with the logistics cell.
Donning and doffing of PPE
Below are instructions on donning and doffing PPE produced by PHE:
Donning PPE (putting it on)
Doffing PPE (taking it off)