Community Equipment Amnesty
We are asking all care home and supported living providers across Sefton who have individuals that have been issued with community aids and equipment, and who no longer need or use this equipment, to return it to Sefton Community Equipment Stores
Read our full statement here
The North-West Science and Technical Advice Cell (STAC) Covid-19: PPE Guidance Document Summary and FAQs can be found here.
Sefton Council’s PPE Guidance
Sefton Council’s PPE Guidance document can be found here
PPE Safety Alert
Important PPE Alert
It has been brought to our attention that there is a safety alert for the Type IIR Mask Cardinal Health. Although these masks meet the breathability, filtration and splash resistance requirements of BS EN 14683, in light of ongoing monitoring, further complaints reported and testing from the manufacturer on the masks, the MHRA recommends that all lots of this product are disposed of locally. These were the very first masks we had in stock at the start of the national supply and we do not have any more. However, can we please ask that you check your stock and discard any you may have. Any masks can be replaced from the stock at Bootle Town Hall by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
We have been advised that the product detailed below doesn’t meet the Health and Safety Executive standards and is unsafe to use. This is any eye protection that was distributed in 2 parts – separate frames to lenses. Please check any equipment you have and remove this from your stock and contact email@example.com to exchange for Visors.
Tiger Eye Protector Product – Removal from the Supply Chain in respect of Covid-19 use
BSI at the request of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have carried out a test on Tiger Eye protective goggles and frames that originated from the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Programme (PIPP) Stock purchased in 2009.
The test has shown the product does not meet the current requirement for splash protection required in BSN 166 (including certain testing requirements documented in BSN 168).
Tiger Medical Products: Protective Goggles and Frames
Product Codes PG0001 – F and PG0001-K
Barcode for frames: 6948548400224
NPC for Frames (BTP083 and BTP403) and Lenses (BTP097, BTP404 and BTP439)
Trusts will want to consider reuse of appropriate eye protection in line with the guidance. If you now urgently require eye protection PPE for your organisation, please contact the National Supply Disruption Line on 0800 915 9964 for an urgent delivery.
Advice for staff
The current Infection Prevention and Control Guidance recommends that a full face shield or visor should be used when performing aerosol generating procedures (APGs). Staff in your organisation may already have used the above Tiger Eye Protector product for non AGPs. The risk from using it in direct patient contact when not performing AGPs is limited.
If staff have used the product when performing AGPs or if otherwise they have been exposed to droplets or splashes you should communicate this to HSE through the RIDDOR route https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/riddor-reporting-coronavirus.htm.
PPE Supplier List
This Independent Suppliers List for PPE is a list of all suppliers that we have been made aware of and that have approached Sefton Council during this time to offer PPE supplies. Please note that the details of these suppliers are unchecked. Sefton Council takes no responsibility for the quality and cost of PPE equipment that is secured via these agents. It is the responsibility as a care provider that you must ensure that PPE products and equipment supplied from the listed distributors is of the correct quality and compliance and all appropriate checks should be undertaken by the supplier and the provider to ensure safe use.
Find the list here
Please note that you can still email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a critical need for PPE.
Shortage of PPE – Pathway for Providers
Please note that the normal route of supply should always be tried first. There is a limited supply of PPE (approximately 48 hours’ worth) that can be released from the central stock, as this is all that has been released for distribution nationally.
For emergency PPE, please visit the PPE Portal here.
Emergency requests for PPE particularly FFP3 masks still accessible through EmergencyPPE@Sefton.gov.uk
Current evidence that direct and indirect contact, for example touching things or people then your face or eating, and droplets (from coughs and sneezes) are the main transmission routes and the personal protective equipment requirements reflect this. This guidance is likely to be updated as more is known about transmission of COVID-19.
Anyone working with people in the extremely vulnerable, shielded group, must wear gloves, apron and surgical mask, as a minimum. This is to provide protection to the shielded person. For provision of direct care (being within 2 metres) for anyone with symptoms, plastic aprons, fluid repellent face masks, eye protection and gloves are recommended. Where it is not possible to find out in advance if the individual has symptoms then PPE should be used.
Risk assessments must be carried out for different staff groups and they need to understand how to use any PPE recommended following the risk assessment.
It is important that staff know how to put on and take off PPE correctly so that it can protect them.
Donning and doffing guides can be found here.
A guide to helping prevent facial skin damage beneath personal protective equipment can be found here.
Standard infection prevention and control precautions are also vital, alongside PPE, this means paying extra attention to handwashing and environmental cleaning and making sure that the Community Infection Prevention and Control Team are contacted for advice whenever there is a resident with symptoms of COVID-19.
Community Infection Prevention and Control Team - 0151 295 3036
For Out of Hours - Public Health England Health Protection Team Cheshire and Merseyside - 0151 434 4819
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) for Unpaid Carers
If you are an unpaid carer and provide personal care to someone outside of your household, you can now consider using PPE to protect you and the person that you are caring for. Sefton Council are now able to offer a ready-made pack of PPE that will be provided free of charge. This includes protective gloves, disposable face masks, aprons and eye protection. This resource will be available until June 2021.
Information on when to use PPE and using it correctly can be found in this Public Health England guide.
To order your PPE from Sefton Council, please email EmergencyPPE@sefton.gov.uk and make sure you clearly mark your email as “Carers PPE”. Once your request has been received you will be advised of a date and time when to collect your PPE from three available collection points.
Please let us know if you are unable to collect your PPE as soon as possible.
PPE Collection Points
Bootle Town Hall
Southport Town Hall
Sefton Carers Centre
27-37 South Rd
For those Carers without access to email please call the Council's Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845 who will pass your details onto the Emergency PPE contact.
Legionella Risk due to Building Closures
As buildings are closed during COVID-19, there is an increased Legionella risk if action is not taken.
As a general principle, outlets on hot and cold water systems should be used at least once a week to maintain a degree of water flow and to minimise the chances of stagnation.
To manage the risks during non-occupancy, consideration should be given to implementing a suitable flushing regime or other measures such as draining the system if it is to remain vacant for long periods (see the HSE website)
See full PHE guidance here.