Covid19 Daily Briefing 9 April

**Email sent on behalf of the LMC, Clinical Directors and NHS Calderdale CCG**
Dear All
1.    End of Life information for Primary Care
2.    Support Service for Staff
·         There are a range of support services available to staff at this time that are detailed on the LMC website under a heading of Well Being.
·         The NHS has launched a mental health hotline as part of a package of measures to support the NHS’s 1.4 million staff as they help people deal with the coronavirus.
·         Wellbeing Poster
3.    Summary Documents NEW
·         We have created the following single summary documents for ease and will highlight the additions:
o   Prescribing
o   Secondary Care Specialist Support including A&G
o   Screening & Imms
4.    THIS Opening Hours over Easter
·         See attached opening hours
5.    Posters for practices
·         See attached
6.    Dementia Referrals
·         Referrals to Calderdale dementia post-diagnostic support service during the coronavirus pandemic
·         The Alzheimer’s Society, which runs the Calderdale dementia  post-diagnostic support service is having to close its Halifax office in line with government guidance.
·         Please direct any referrals to (preferred option) or phone them through to Paul Smithson on 07803 115653, where they will then be redirected to the duty worker.
7.    Optometry Openings Updated
8.    Death Verification
·         Message from Dr Lisa Pickles - GPs should not be asked to visit patients to verify death by e.g. District Nurses.
·         See RCGP advice ' there is now no requirement to see  a body after death, under any circumstances'. Verification of death does not need to be done by a doctor/any competent person can verify death/this includes nurses and some other healthcare professionals who have been trained to do so.
Wishing you all stay safe and well over Easter and after.