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. http://www.calderdalelmc.com/covid19supportresourcestostaff
 
·         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.
https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/04/nhs-launches-mental-health-hotline-for-staff-tackling-covid-19/
 
·         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 candk.services@alzheimers.org.uk (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.