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Delivering clinical services in non clinical areas in General Practice RCN June 2020

14th July, 2020

There has been a lot of discussion around delivering clinical services in non-clinical areas and the introduction of further routine work. The RCN has produced a useful guide to safe implementation and things that need to be considered in your risk assessments, the information can be found on this link;

https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/infection-prevention-and-control/novel-coronavirus?fbclid=IwAR28hfLl0MzX0D8-1iMUn7Q4EbiVh9djp8TpVE6mLB7dyL1_d6EP5qO5bYs
scroll to the bottom of this page and select primary and community care then move through the resource list to the section
Delivering clinical services in non clinical areas in General Practice this gives an overview of areas you need to consider and a list of resources to aid you.

Delivering services in this way requires a number of considerations. The potential risks identified include:
• Maintaining infection prevention control
• Maintaining good documentation and record keeping
• Consent and Confidentiality
• Health and safety of staff and patients including needlestick injury; personal safety, traffic and environmental risks e.g. weather conditions rain/heat, equipment and site security.
• Managing post vaccination anaphylaxis
• Appropriateness for certain groups e.g. Vulnerable adults such as Learning Disability and Dementia patients.
• Safeguarding
Recommendations
Delivering services in different ways is an increasing demand for services during the pandemic. This is to help ensure social distancing as far as possible and minimise footfall in clinical areas.
There are some key considerations staff need to consider as part of the risk assessment for delivering the services in this way. A risk assessment is the responsibility of the employer and needs to be regularly reviewed, updated and changes recorded.

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