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COVID-19 Staff Brief – 25th March

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NHS Grampian response to volunteer and offers of support

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Daily Brief -Additional Information

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Ibuprofen Guidance

Wondering whether or not you should take ibuprofen? Here is the current guidance from NHS Inform:

There is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.

But until we have more information, take paracetamol to treat the symptoms of coronavirus, unless your doctor has told you paracetamol is not suitable for you.

If you are already taking ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) on the advice of a doctor, do not stop taking it without checking first.

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NHS Grampian Routine Dental Services Suspended

NHS Grampian Dental Services: COVID-19 Response – Notice for our public users

Routine dental care services (check-ups, fillings and all routine treatment) in high street dental practices in Grampian have been suspended. 

If you feel you have an URGENT dental need, in normal working hours, you should still contact your dental practice, who will provide advice, reassurance or telephone assessment.   

DO NOT GO ALONG TO YOUR DENTIST – you should telephone your practice on their usual number.  Your dentist will be able to give you advice, including on taking pain relief or prescribe antibiotics. In some instances your dentist might require you to come to the practice for an assessment but do not attend unless you have been told to do so.

If your dentist confirms that you have an emergency dental need you will be contacted by staff from the Public Dental Service to discuss your care.

Outside normal working hours, if feel you have an URGENT dental need, please contact NHS24 on 111.

You can find further advice regarding COVID-19 and what to do if you have symptoms on the NHS Inform Website.

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Return to work risk assessment form

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Guidance for Resuscitation of COVID-19 patients

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Updated Hospital Visiting Times

Suspension of Hospital Visiting from Midnight on Tuesday 24 March 2020

NHS Grampian has taken the decision to suspend visiting times at all NHS Grampian hospitals.

We are committed to a person-centred approach to safe and effective care delivery with people at the centre of all that we do.

To limit the spread of Covid-19 and to protect our most vulnerable patients and ensure the safety of our staff, visiting will be suspended indefinitely from Tuesday 24 March at midnight.

No visiting allowed (except when patients are at the end of their life or if there is a clinical emergency) in the following hospitals:

  • Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
  • Royal Cornhill Hospital
  • Dr Gray’s Hospital
  • Woodend Hospital
  • Aberdeenshire Community Hospitals
  • Moray Community Hospitals

Restricted visiting will continue in:

  • Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital – one parent only
  • Aberdeen Maternity Hospital & Maternity Units – one birthing partner only

Restricted visitors who are unwell, have flu-like symptoms, cough or a fever or cold should not visit. 

Restricted visitors who are self-isolating as someone in their household is unwell should not visit.

Restricted Visitors are asked to ensure they adhere to social distancing guidance and a 2 metre distance from other visitors, patients and staff.

No children allowed to visit.

To enable regular contact with families and friends, patients are encouraged to use personal Wi-Fi enabled devices to telephone and video call. Wi-Fi is now enabled on the Foresterhill Campus for patient use.

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COVID-19 Staff Brief – 24th March

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Changes to Corporate Induction

All staff are required to be inducted to their workplace.

The principle agreed by our Systems Leadership Team is that all new starts must complete Corporate Induction before they start work, including the required statutory and mandatory learning to ensure they are safe from day one in the workplace.

A revised process will be effective from Monday 30 March 2020.

New starts will report to their manager on their first day of work and receive their induction in the workplace.

Managers will sent written instructions and logins for each new start.

The induction will consist of five parts –

  • Part 1 Access to computers
  • Part 2 Access to email
  • Part 3 Access to statutory and mandatory training via Turas Learn 
  • Part 4 Important department presentations
  • Part 5 Departmental induction and discussion with your manager

New Staff who have already received invitations to face to face corporate induction events event in the coming weeks will be notified by Learning and Development. Manager queries should be directed to Gram-uhb.corporateinduction@nhs.net