While it is nice that the legal enforcement element has gone from the COVID Pandemic regulations, many will feel that it has happened perhaps a few weeks earlier than they would have been comfortable with. Others may disagree. However, the current ”guidance” at the time of preparation, almost mirrors the previous rules, and will not interfere with anyone’s freedom.
Everyone, especially those at higher risk, should consider the wisdom of attending crowded places indoors, and take precautions like wearing a mask, especially in shops where you may be closer to people and the ventilation less effective. Many consider wearing a mask to be a considerate action which respects and reduces the risk to others. Good hand hygiene with regular washing and/or sanitiser will help keep everyone safe.
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Our team will continue to follow the current policy set out by the ambulance service and Public Health England when attending a call. This currently includes, face mask, gloves, apron and, where necessary, eye protection and regular lateral flow tests.
In cases where an unconscious patient requires ventilation by a clinician, our team will withdraw from the room whilst that is taking place, as policy currently dictates, as we do not have the higher grade PPE needed in such environments.
For medical emergencies, such as chest pain, Severe breathing difficulty, Severe blood loss, Choking or blacking out, Dial 999 immediately
For other illnesses and injuries Call 111 for advice or contact your GP or out-of-hours GP service or seek advice from your pharmacist for self-care, Make your own way to your local A&E, minor injuries unit or walk-in centre for minor injuries.
Mike & the team