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RPS recommends not working if Covid-19 positive

Pharmacies are health care environments which are accessed by patients who may be vulnerable to Covid infection. It is essential that mitigations are observed to prevent the spread of Covid by both the public and by pharmacy staff in all health care environments, including community pharmacies and other patient-facing pharmacy services such as in general practices and hospitals.

Pharmacists and pharmacy staff have a professional responsibility to follow infection control procedures to protect patients. This includes self-isolating if they have tested positive for Covid-19, or have symptoms of a respiratory infection and high temperature. Equally, the public should continue to wear face coverings in pharmacies.

These recommendations are in line with current Government guidance for health care workers:

England: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-standard-operating-procedure-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-staff-testing/

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/pages/health-and-social-care-staff/

Wales: https://gov.wales/covid-19-test-trace-protect-ttp-guidelines-health-and-social-care-workers

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