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COVID-19 UPDATE BRIEFING DDLMC – 29.05.2020

NATIONAL UPDATES

Government launches NHS Test and Trace service. The service, (launched 28th May 2020) will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes and these people will then need to stay at home in self-isolation for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

If those in isolation develop symptoms, they can book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling the Coronavirus Testing helpline on 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for 7 days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must complete the 14-day isolation period. Members of their household will not have to stay at home unless the person identified becomes symptomatic, at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus.

Read the full article and Q&As here .

In addition, Judy Derricott has produced a very useful summary (Attachment A) of the 5 pillars of the testing strategy.

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Units. A pop up MTU will be located at the Showcase Cinema, Derby, from 29 May – 1 June.

Important Customer Alert Type IIR masks Cardinal Health Product Concerns A small number of batches of the Cardinal Health Type IIR surgical masks have been found to contain defects, see Attachment B.

Resumption of Dental Services in England NHSE have set out next steps for delivery of NHS dental services in England (Attachment C) as the NHS moves into the second phase of the COVID-19 response.

LOCAL UPDATES

JUCD Letter to GP Practices. An update (Attachment D) regarding COVID-19 and patients with long-term conditions: General, Respiratory, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

Dermatology Update. Dr Mark Wood has shared an update on Dermatology including a review by a group of Spanish clinicians. The details are here .

Sessional GP Update. The East Midlands BMA Sessional GP Representative has provided an update .

Med Management Update. Please see link to Meds Management Update for 29.05.2020.

OTHER UPDATES

Coronavirus Accessible Information Communication Toolkit. HEE has made available the website which contains information resources for front line staff to use to help them communicate effectively with patients, clients, and their families. In addition they have made available a communications toolkit using the password LKSResources. Which contains suggested social media posts and graphics, internal and external newsletter copy as well as a branded email signature and banner. Any queries to carl.jessop@hee.nhs.uk .

AND FINALLY…

DCHS have invited us to Meet James Hero! James is now ready to embark on his adventures & we're very much looking forward to seeing where he goes. Save & print a copy of James - and then take pictures of him in the most imaginative places possible.

Send your pics to us via James's dedicated email address: DCHST.jameshero@nhs.net

Once a week DCHS will choose a winning picture which will be posted on social media channels and the winner will receive a prize kindly donated by Tesco at Clay Cross.

Wellbeing thought for the weekend. I read one of the most thought provoking and sad posts this week about Steve Jobs who died a billionaire, with a fortune of $7 billion, at the age of 56 from pancreatic cancer. These are some of his last words, which made me appreciate everything that I have been blessed with (family, friends, Team GP Derbyshire, good physical health etc, etc)

“In other eyes, my life is the essence of success, but aside from work, I have a little joy. And in the end, wealth is just a fact of life to which I am accustomed.”

“At this moment, lying on the bed, sick and remembering all my life, I realize that all my recognition and wealth that I have is meaningless in the face of imminent death. You can hire someone to drive a car for you, make money for you – but you cannot rent someone to carry the disease for you. One can find material things, but there is one thing that cannot be found when it is lost – “LIFE”.

Treat yourself well, and cherish others. As we get older we are smarter, and we slowly realize that the watch is worth $30 or $300 – both of which show the same time. Whether we carry a purse worth $30 or $300 – the amount of money in the wallets are the same. Whether we drive a car worth $150,000, or a car worth $30,000 – the road and distance are the same, we reach the same destination. If we drink a bottle worth $300 or wine worth $10 – the “stroller” will be the same. If the house we live in is 300 square meters, or 3000 square meters – the loneliness is the same.”

“Your true inner happiness does not come from the material things of this world. Whether you’re flying first class, or economy class – if the plane crashes, you crash with it.”

So, I hope you understand that when you have friends or someone to talk to – this is true happiness!

Five Undeniable Facts

Do not educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy. – So when they grow up they will know the value of things, not the price.

Eat your food as medicine, otherwise you will need to eat your medicine as food.

Whoever loves you will never leave you, even if he has 100 reasons to give up. He will always find one reason to hold on.

There is a big difference between being human and human being.

If you want to go fast – go alone! But if you want to go far – go together.

And in conclusion…The six best doctors in the world (he clearly never met the GPs of Derbyshire)

Sunlight, Rest, Exercise, Diet, Self-confidence, Friends

Keep them in all stages of life and enjoy a healthy life.

Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down.

Treasure Love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends... Treat yourself well. Cherish others.

“Love the people God sent you, one day He’ll need them back.”

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