Vigilance needed as lockdown eases

Vigilance needed as lockdown lifts

The latest step in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown came into force today [Monday 17 May 2021], but, despite the easing of some restrictions, there are no changes to our current Working Safer Guidance.

The Covid-secure workplace guidance and professional responsibilities set out by AACE (Association of Ambulance Chief Executives) must be adhered to at all times.

This is especially important as we are seeing increases in cases of Covid-19 in some parts of the UK, largely due to a new variant that was first identified in India.   

Please remember:

  • Ensure your personal hygiene especially hand washing is exemplary
  • Take your temperature on arrival at your place of work
  • To wear your masks, especially in the cab
  • Social distance
  • Wear appropriate PPE when treating patients
  • Please don’t share food
  • Remember your potential AGPs

The Trust is not currently asking staff to return to offices as the guidance on home working remains in place.

It is vital that staff speak to their managers before returning to workspaces, as full risk assessments and covid secure measures need to be in place before anyone returns. Managers also must give Estates at least two weeks’ notice that they are intending to bring staff back to the workplace.

Please continue to engage in the lateral flow programmes as that provides an additional layer of protection and is part of a suite of IPC measures to keep you safe. If you require a kit, please speak to your local management team. EEAST is now allocating 3 rd wave testing kits to anybody who would like one.

Anyone who still requires a vaccine or a second dose, please contact your local vaccination team who will be able to advise.

Please take all these measures and keep yourself safe as we move to the next phase of COVID 19.

Monday 17 May 2021