NHS staff told PPE being worn is still appropriate despite new variants

Nationally, fears about the UK variant of Covid, which is thought to be 70 per cent more transmissible, and the South African variant have led to calls for increased PPE levels for frontline workers from trade unions

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Despite calls for more personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect staff against the latest strains of Covid-19, no changes will be made to what will be issued to Isle of Wight NHS Trust teams.

Nationally, fears about the UK variant of Covid, which is thought to be 70 per cent more transmissible, and the South African variant have led to calls for increased PPE levels for frontline workers from trade unions.

However, a review of the guidance from Public Health England (PHE) has said the levels of PPE currently being worn by staff are appropriate.

Webster: Outbreaks not necessarily due to the PPE
Speaking at the meeting of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust board, director of nursing, Alice Webster, said she was pleased with the recommendation from PHE and although there had been a movement within the trust to review the levels, they would not change.

She said,

“The guidance is very clear and we are clear about what they (staff) should be wearing.

“While we have had a number of outbreaks this has not necessarily been due to the PPE they have worn or the way it was worn.”

‘Inappropriate’ to deviate from guidance
Steve Parker, medical director, said to deviate from the national guidance from PHE, would be ‘inappropriate’.

He said while the trust recognised the professional challenge about how people use their PPE and the pressure from trade unions to enhance the level, staff would maintain the current guidance.

Drop in Covid patients
Recently, levels of Covid positive patients currently being treated in St Mary’s Hospital, Newport, have been dropping.

Latest data shows on 9th February, 48 patients occupied Covid beds, compared to a peak in January of 95.


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Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 4:36pm

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9 Comments on "NHS staff told PPE being worn is still appropriate despite new variants"

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andy

You would think any hospital worth its salt would appreciate its most valuable assess is its staff, and it would seek to protect them all of them with the best quality PPE available, regardless of cost.

Hospitals that don’t then wonder why they struggle to retain staff.

longford

I dare say the Tories and PHE probably think that now all NHS Staff have been vaccinated all they needed is the cheapest PPE available, if any at all.

lauque

True, and the crucial point is how many people have had the requisite second vaccination within the time frame recommended by the manufacturers? Someone who has had only one jab has not been fully immunised (if that is even possible with all the variants swirling around).

fred126

If this PPE is ‘Appropriate’ then how come 21 Staff out of the 28 Staff on a then non-Covid designated ward contracted the Virus back in January of this year? This is the same PPE that was issued then and it did not protect them so can it now with these new strains being identified ?

Jenny Smart

How do you know that, or are you just scaremongering?

quayman111

WHY are people politicising this. Can we stick to the professional advice.The Covid virus is causing enough damage without political detractors trying to get their version out. s far as I know the virus does not recegnise politics. Can we try and say something constructive

longford

I think the answer is quayman 111 that the ‘professional advice’ is being spun by a Government that has been shown to have zero credibility when it comes to managing this covid pandemic.

lauque
Criticism, dissent and whistle-blowing are entirely appropriate and desperately needed, not hiding behind “let’s not politicise this” and being “constructive” about ongoing catastrophe. All of the disastrous choices that have been been made about Covid and about the deliberate running down of the NHS are political. I refer you again to the statement in the British Medical Journal that government policy on vaccination is effectively to conduct… Read more »
kerry
It’s difficult to imagine anything that is less ‘political’. All this nonsense spewed out by Johnson that now is not the time for an enquiry into the Government’s handling of the pandemic is simply a ploy to kick it into the long grass like every other national disgrace, Hillsborough, Grenfell, Gosport Royal Memorial Hospital, etc etc. The hope is that most people adversely effected, or responsible, will… Read more »