Coronavirus – Covid-19
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Statement
At Beaumont Healthcare we understand that the outbreak of Covid-19 has created an increased level of worry to all throughout the UK and Ireland in these unprecedented times.
We would like to reassure all of those associated with our organisation, that the safety and protection of our employees and service users, and that of their families, is our highest priority.
We have been following and monitoring the situation very closely as it has developed, continually taking onboard and following the advice and guidance issued from Public Health England, the Government and Local Authorities to prevent the spread of the virus and to reduce any potential risks where possible.
Just some of the steps and precautions that we have implemented to promote the safety of all include:
- Reviewing and updating our Business Continuity Plan, allowing us to deliver a continued service with minimum disruption to individuals.
- Maintaining a regular supply of both standard and additional PPE packs for our Care Workers. Guidelines being:
- Face Masks are to be worn at all times during visits.
- Face Shields/Visors have been issued to every Care Worker to wear during all calls. These are re-usable and cleaned regularly.
- Gloves and aprons are to be worn for all calls.
- For any new service user, either from the Community or a service user returning from hospital, we are enquiring and documenting their Covid-19 status.
- If they are returning from hospital, we are confirming if they have been tested for Covid-19 prior to their discharge and when.
- If a new service user is coming from the Community, we are finding out:
- What their current living arrangements are
- if they have been self-isolating
- if they have any family members who are active or still working
- Providing telephone check calls to those service users who wish to completely shield or self-isolate, whilst still ensure their well-being.
- Keeping open channels of communication, updates and working closely alongside Doctors, Pharmacies, District Nurses, Hospital Teams and Local Authority Teams, as well as service users families to ensure that all needs are being fulfilled with minimal disruption to our service users regular routines.
We continue to request that you inform us immediately if you or a member of your family become unwell with a fever, has a new continuous cough, a loss of, or a change to, your sense of smell or taste or if you have recently been in contact with someone displaying these symptoms. You should also ring 111 for advice and then let us know what they say.
We would like to express how proud we are of all our employees who have been working tirelessly during these uncertain times, your dedication to providing such a continued high standard of care has been exceptional.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to all of our service users and their families for their understanding, cooperation and regular communication updates in these unique times.
As always, we are happy to answer any concerns or questions that you may have and encourage you to keep in touch with us either by phone 01480 218300 or alternatively you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Some precautions that you can take to help reduce the spread of infection include:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Limit contact with other people
- If you do go out, maintaining social distancing (2 metres apart where possible – *From 4th July 2020, the new guidelines on Social Distancing will be 1 metre apart.)
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds. Washing your hands regularly removes, dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects. NHS guidance provides the following method to wash your hands thoroughly:
- Wet your hands with water.
- Apply enough soap to cover your hands.
- Rub your hands together.
- Use one hand to rub the back of the other hand and clean in between the fingers. Do the same with the other hand.
- Rub your hands together and clean in between your fingers.
- Rub the back of your fingers against your palms.
- Rub your thumb using your other hand. Do the same with the other thumb.
- Rub the tips of your fingers on the palm of your other hand. Do the same with the other hand.
- Rinse your hands with water.
- Dry your hands completely with a disposable towel.
- Use the disposable towel to turn off the tap.
- If you do not have immediate access to soap and water, then you should use an alcohol-based handrub if available.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin straight away. If a tissue is not available, sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow, then wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.
- If you display any symptoms and feel unwell, stay home, prevent spreading the infection.
Below are some links that you might find useful:
Direct Gov Site: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus