Covid19 Daily Briefing 5 May
**Email sent on behalf of the LMC, Clinical Directors and NHS Calderdale CCG**
Primary Care and Community Health Support Care Home Residents
See attached letter of 1-May-2020
National Update letter C0435 – NHS staff data and internet offer
Following the press release on 10th April 2020, the CCG has now received the following information on how to allow frontline staff to work remotely without concern over extra charges and limitations. The CCG have been advised to co-ordinate this on behalf of Primary Care organisations and we will share the nominated contact and details on how to proceed shortly.
In the meantime the following are useful:
Broadband Suppliers Matrix: https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/2020-04/matrix%20broadband.pdf
CAS ALERT - Yellow Card reporting site for healthcare products used in Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Primary Care Bulletin Link
Updated Summary Documents
GP Connect– updated 05.05.2020
· An ask to review the CCAS list every 30 minutes throughout the day
· A webinar was planned for this evening on: Digital Primary Care - Direct Booking into General Practice from NHS 111 & CCAS via GP connect
Ø Note: as the webinar was circulated with very short notice in today’s NHS England Primary Care Bulletin, we have been advised that NHSD will summarise this for us and we will share the summary once it is circulated
Nice Guidance – NEW 5.5.2020
· The Quality Team have collated the Covid-19 rapid guidelines into the attached Summary Document
Secondary Care – updated 05.05.2020
Guide for primary care to access secondary care - immediately, urgently and routinely.
Please can we remind practices to ensure that they have spoken to the relevant consultant and arranged appropriate assessment. We have had a few incidences raised with us of people being sent straight to A&E when a conversation with the right consultant would have speeded up the assessment and got them seen at the right place first time.
The attached document – secondary care specialist support – provides contact numbers for all specialties and is available for urgent admission advice/avoidance.
Direct phone numbers to consultants in key specialties have been made available (see below). This provides an opportunity for immediate advice, and the opportunity to discuss alternative plans for management and avoid admission or attendance to hospital.
Advice and guidance is available through ERS but you need to select the referral priority as urgent, for both routine and urgent requests. (If routine A&G is opened then it will open all services again). The hospital will offer advice to support management in Primary Care where possible.
There are ongoing discussions with clinicians from the CCG and CHFT in relation to the management of routine referrals and communication is expected in the next few days.
Reminder message from Alison Waterworth, MDT Lead Breast Cancer, Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon (CHFT)
Please still do not refer into breast clinic frail, elderly patients, in nursing homes or with co-morbidities. These patients are at highest risk of death from coronavirus. The Breast Surgeons are happy to give advice on starting empirical endocrine therapy for suspected cancers in this group via the ‘Advice and Guidance’ route.
The new patient diagnostic breast clinic is OPEN and accepting new referrals for fast track and symptomatic patients and they should refer as normal. Referrals for bilateral breast pain, under 25s and gynaecomastia should still be delayed if appropriate.
THIS IM&T Support
See attached update for April 2020.
Time for Care
Please see attached updates on how the Time for Care team are available for support during Covid-19.
Mobile Testing at Todmorden Sports Centre (6th-8th May)
We have now had it confirmed that a mobile testing station will be at Todmorden Sports Centre from 6th-8th May. Exact times and how to access this are yet to be confirmed.