24 April Daily General Practice Bulletin
24 April Daily General Practice BulletinDate: Apr 24 2020 Author: Victoria Williams
In today’s briefing:
- Covid-19 Frimley Health and Care System Hospital Discharge Arrangements
- Update on shielding – Splenectomy patients now included
- National guidance on immunisations
- Clinical care for homeless people during Covid19: new pathway
- Support for vulnerable people who are alcohol dependent
- Routine advice and guidance services and urgent advice phone numbers – message from Frimley Health FT
- Suspension of school aged immunisation programme – East Berkshire
- Covid-19 sit rep – FHFT
- QOF year-end process
- Get your practices up and running with Microsoft Teams
- Useful links from NHS England
Clinical hot topics and service updates
COVID 19 Frimley Health and Care System Hospital Discharge Arrangements
Thank you for the feedback on the discharge process which has informed this work between primary and secondary care and is outlined in the document attached. Some of you may already have received discharge templates alluded to in this document.
Click here to view the document.
Update on shielding – Splenectomy patients now included
The majority of the work to establish the Shielded Patient List is near completion. Thank you to everyone who has and continues to help with this process. You will also note that Splenectomy patients are now on the list. Please click here for more information.
Clinical care for homeless people during Covid-19: new pathway
The Clinical Homeless Sector Plan: triage – assess – cohort – care, has just issued a pathway. The document sets out clinical advice and guidance on delivering a health-led, multi-agency approach to reducing risk of infection and severe illness among homeless people as a result of Covid-19. The guidance is primarily for health professionals but can be used by anyone involved. The term ‘homeless’ in the document refers to rough sleepers and people with a history of sleeping in temporary, communal accommodation.
Support for vulnerable people who are alcohol dependent
Alcohol Change UK has published a blog about change resistant, dependent drinkers during Covid-19 based on conversations with providers around the country: view the Alcohol Change UK blog.
Please also take a moment to visit Alcohol Change UK’s information and advice hub for up to date information and advice on alcohol generally during the Covid-19 outbreak.
National guidance on immunisations
Routine immunisations remain a high priority and should continue to be provided. Only in exceptional circumstances, where demand and capacity issues may impact on the ability to provide a full service, should consideration be given to delaying any immunisations.
Routine advice and guidance services and urgent advice phone numbers – message from Frimley Health FT
We recently sent you details of our urgent advice telephone numbers. Please find attached an updated version (with one minor change to the FPH Gynae bookings office telephone number, urgent queries from GPs only – 01276 604127).
Please also find attached a table detailing the routine advice and guidance (A&G) services currently available. Services aim to respond to these requests within 5 working days (or 10 days if to a specific consultant). We are monitoring these response times closely.
These attached documents will also be available on the GP section / portal of the FHFT website by early next week.
Suspension of school aged immunisation programme and advice line for parents – East Berkshire (to sign post / add to websites)
Due to Covid-19 and the closure of schools for non-keyworker children, the school aged immunisation programme has currently been suspended. From the 27th April a new School Aged Immunisation Advice Line, will be available via 07929185006 from 10:00 – 14:00 Monday to Friday, excluding Bank Holidays. The advice line is primarily for parents or carers of school aged children (aged 4 to 16 years).
Click here for the document which gives advice for parents.
Covid-19 sit rep FHFT (23/4/20)
- Number of inpatients diagnosed with Covid-19 in last 24 hours – 2
- The number of Covid-19 related absences of staff, either through sickness or self-isolation – 669
- Number of confirmed Covid-19 patients on mechanical ventilation at 0800 – 17Number of confirmed Covid-19 patients receiving oxygen at 0800 – 80
QOF year-end process
We are aware that some practices have seen their QOF year-end actual achievement data. For some practices this will be lower than normal as a result of Covid-19 activities. We want to reassure practices that we are currently running an analysis to understand the impact and we will be able to make a one-off adjustment for practices who earned less in 2019/20 than 2018/19 as a result of Covid-19 activities. More details will follow.
Get your practice up and running with Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is now available to all NHS organisations and is an online communication tool which facilitates instant messaging, audio and video calling. It’s currently being used extensively across the NHS to support remote working and communications in light of Covid-19.
The CSU Training team are on hand to provide support enabling and using Microsoft Teams. If you’d like to get a team set up for your practice, or to get more information on how it’s used and can be beneficial to you please contact the team via the routes below:
Useful links from NHS England
Please find below some useful links from NHSE suggested for primary care:
- Primary care website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/
- Covid-19 advice: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/
Dates for your diary with links to webinars for primary care:
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