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Personal Protective Equipment update and guidance
We want to update you on the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE). We are working hard and recognise that we have not been able to secure adequate supplies, and we are very conscious about this. We want to reassure you that our senior management team are working on this as a high priority. We are monitoring all of our stocks of PPE and are working hard to ensure that we have available PPE to keep those who require it, safe whilst undertaking essential duties.
Some guidance has been added to our Intranet today, you can find that via this link.
Public Health England have just issued this useful guide on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eANIs-Jdi2s
Every service has been affected by Coronavirus, but a very notable change has been our collective quick use of technology. Colleagues in IT have been simultaneously thrilled with our adoption of new tools, and left slightly anxious with the prospect of everyone working from home, and we’re pleased to say things are coping well. We do recognise that there have been some issues, such as those experienced this morning due to Microsoft updates overwhelming the network, but despite these, we must note the regular breaking of Council records in terms of those working from home, as today we had over 2500 people accessing their systems remotely. Thank you to everyone who made this happen and to all staff who have worked with IT to overcome any issues. We are all learning from this and things will continue to improve.
Whilst on the topic of technology – please can managers make sure that their staff who need to work from home have access to the equipment they need. This should have been part of any business continuity planning, but if there are issues, please contact the IT helpdesk for advice.
Community Reassurance team
A new key service which has been created during the pandemic called the Community Reassurance Team (CRT). The CRT will work across the county with our communities in an effort to coordinate support for local residents and businesses. We are working to develop local coordination centres attached to these teams in Ludlow, Bridgnorth, Oswestry, Market Drayton and Shrewsbury. Currently these coordination centres won’t be open to the public, but will support the response to needs in the community. More information will be available in the coming days, however if you would like to be part of this team, please contact Clare Featherstone, Clare.Featherstone@shropshire.gov.uk.
Stay at home and social distancing
Please read the latest from our Director of Public Health Rachel Robinson https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2020/03/social-distancing-coronavirus/
We also want to remind staff of the importance of handwashing
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get back home from work as well
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Link to further hand washing advice : https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/