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New recommendations for primary and community health care providers in England

Public Health England has published new recommendations for primary and community health care providers in England. Providers of primary and community health services should ensure that measures are in place so that all settings are, where practicable, COVID-19 secure, using social distancing, optimal hand hygiene, frequent surface decontamination, ventilation and other measures where appropriate.

Where a setting cannot be delivered as COVID-19 secure through all other means, a local assessment may conclude that primary and community healthcare staff (both in clinical and non-clinical roles), when not otherwise required to use personal protective equipment, should wear a face mask. 

Where a COVID-19 secure environment cannot be maintained, patients and members of the public entering primary and community healthcare premises should be advised to use face coverings in line with government advice.

Further details of the guidance can be found on the Public Health England website

The RPS has produced guidance for pharmacy teams on face masks and coverings, it can be found here

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