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COVID-19 Antibody Testing for Practice Staff Members

Date published: Wednesday 3 June 2020

The LMC are working with the Humber Coast and Vale COVID testing team and we are providing regular updates on our pages.  The HCV Testing Team are developing a regional solution and operational processes for Antibody testing and the team are aware of primary care demand for these tests for practice staff.  They have informed the LMC that operational processes for testing and reporting are currently being developed and requested practices to pause antibody testing until these are published. We will publish an update when more news is available. 

LMC Newsletter May 2020

Date published: Thursday 28 May 2020

The latest edition of our regular newsletter is now available with news, updates and opportunities for general practice in the Humber area. Included in this month's issue:

  • Training and opportunities including our resilience webinars in June, plus access to rapid access mentoring
  • Request for feedback re PCSE records
  • Advice to GPs check performers list entries

Download the LMC's May newsletter

May 25th Bank Holiday

Date published: Wednesday 20 May 2020

NHS England have announced that GP practices will not be required to open, outside the normal bank holiday cover arrangements, for the upcoming Whitsun Bank Holiday (25 May). 

Our colleagues at the LPC have published details of pharmacy opening in our region on the bank holiday which can be viewed here

LMC Statement - BAME Staff and Coronavirus

Date published: Monday 18 May 2020

Relative Risks from COVID – 19 for people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Backgrounds (BAME)

We have all become aware over the last few weeks of an increasing number of deaths amongst health care workers from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Whilst every death from COVID 19 is a tragedy it has become obvious that a larger proportion than we would have expected come from BAME backgrounds. 

Statistics that have been collected nationally by Public Health England have now confirmed that there is a real issue here. No reasons for this phenomenon have yet been found although urgent research is ongoing. 

This must be very worrying for our colleagues from such backgrounds and we must do all we can to reassure them and minimise any risk to which they may be exposed. People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds make up 44% of the medical workforce. 

Pending more definitive guidance coming out as a greater understanding of the issues develops the LMC would recommend the following approach:

• Practices should be supported to have thorough, sensitive and comprehensive conversations with members of the practice team from a BAME background. They should identify any existing underlying health conditions that may increase the risks for them in undertaking their frontline roles, in any capacity. Most importantly, the conversations should also, on an ongoing basis, consider the feelings of BAME colleagues, particularly with regard to their safety and their mental health. 

• Practices should risk-assess staff at potentially greater risk and make appropriate arrangements accordingly. Practices should consider how they can do this and take action to protect members of their team.  Here are some risk assessment tools available:

  1. Risk reduction framework
  2. Risk stratification tool
  3. NHS Employers advice for BAME

• The first thing for all workers is to stay safe. The vast majority of patient interactions are now done remotely and that is likely to remain the case for some time. Any patients that are seen, will require the health care workers to wear appropriate PPE. Even when seeing patients who are asymptomatic of a potential COVID infection but need to be seen for a non COVID condition, they should still be seen in a clean environment with appropriate PPE worn by the health care worker and the patient. (usually a mask)

• As we learn more about this and can understand the true level of increased risk for our BAME colleagues, we will be communicating with all our members. Until this is possible we ask that all doctors and their staff stay safe, don’t take any risks and follow robust protocols for infection control and use of PPE.

(Our thanks to Peter Higgins at Lancs and Cumbria LMC for sharing their document)

May 8th Bank Holiday Opening

Date published: Monday 4 May 2020

UPDATED.

GP opening on 8th May is not mandated by NHSE/I and will depend on local anticipated demand. NHSE/I have requested that practices agree locally with their CCGs if they need to be open. CCGs have confirmed that they will be providing specific advice on your local arrangements. 

All community pharmacies in England are required to open 2-5pm with exceptions or a variation to those hours, based on the likely demand and local needs, agreed in advance with the NHSE/I regional team. 

Our colleagues at Community Pharmacy Humber have shared local pharmacy bank holiday opening hours here

 

LMC Newsletter April 2020

Date published: Thursday 30 April 2020

The latest edition of our regular newsletter is now available with all new, updates and opportunities for general practice in the Humber area. Included in this month's issue:

  • News on our mentoring service for GPs, including a new rapid access service that can be accessed online in the current restrictions
  • Information for on temporary registration for GPs returning to work to respond to the pandemic
  • More resilience services available to GPs and other practice staff 

LMC Newsletter April 2020 (pdf). 

Shielded Patients - LMC Update

Date published: Thursday 16 April 2020

The LMC shares practices’ concerns about the shielded patients project run by NHSE which has resulted in large amounts of work for primary care, an inconsistent approach from secondary care, and confusion for many patients. 

We advise all practices to focus on ensuring any lists they are asked to review or generate are correct, rather than rushing to achieve a specific deadline. 

The LMC has expressed this view to CCG colleagues, and will support practices who encounter any difficulties. 

We have just produced a shielded patients update which summarises the latest guidance on shielding patients in higher risk groups, and provides information for practices to work from.  

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