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Help Me Stop: COVID-19 Statement

By Chris Cordell

The Government is currently coordinating the national response to the outbreak of COVID-19, and Public Health England (PHE) has published a range of COVID-19 guidance for health professionals – including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases, and specific guidance for social, education or community care and residential settings. The NHS website also has updated coronavirus pages, bringing guidance for the system and healthcare professionals in one place.

Help Me Stop has a lead for Infection Prevention and Control. Our lead monitors the official guidance from the NHS and PHE daily, and oversees Help Me Stops response and advice to individual queries and concerns, as well as the related business continuity planning in line with our policies.

We have established a dedicated alert for our staff. This is managed by the lead for Infection Prevention and Control and we have effective communication channels in place to keep our workforce up to date with the national guidance, as well as raising awareness to staff and those who use our services as to how Covid-19 is transmitted, and what measures individuals can take to lower their risk. We recognise the importance of continuing to operate good hygiene and infection control practices and we continue to reinforce this through our regular communications.

As of March 12th , 2020, All pre-screening assessments will include off-site questions regarding travel to certain countries, the current health of the individual with regard  “flu-like symptoms”  and if the individual has come in contact with anyone who has COVID-19 before any on-site assessments are made. Currently we are still doing onsite assessments and accepting new clients onto our programme.

At this time Help Me Stop is open for business and is operating its service normally but will update this section regularly