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NHS Wales publishes ‘new normal’ operating guidance

How to keep staff and patients safe

July 10th 2020

Tagged: Dispensary guidance news Wales COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHS Wales has published an  operational guide for GPs detailing the safe return of routine arrangements following the initial Covid-19 response

A chapter on ‘pharmacy’ which, in fact, refers to GP dispensaries, details the following:

  • If the practice has a pharmacy or prescription collection point social distancing and staff protection must be observed
  • Floor markers indicating two metre distance must be displayed
  • Receptions or patient contact points must be protected with clear screens.

The preferred hand cleansing method is hand-washing, where facilities are available. If alcohol-based hand rubs (ABHR) are available, these facilities must be located outside and inside the door of the area, allowing hand sanitisation on entering and on leaving.