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Coronavirus: College of Podiatry advice to members

Coronavirus: College of Podiatry advice to members

Guidance as of 12.3.2020

The following Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance has been issued by the CEO and Executive Team at The College of Podiatry.

This guidance is based on information from the Government and NHS websites inline with our business processes.

Section 1: Guidance is around basic individual infection prevention:

1. Frequently wash hands by using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand rub or soap and hot water. As per the video link, make sure you wash both sides of hands and in-between fingers.

2. On entering The College of Podiatry building (or any establishments after being in public) please wash your hands straight away.

3. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in a bin. Catch it, Bin it, Kill it. Failing that, sneeze into your elbow and avoid coughing on or near others.

4. Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and a cough.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

7. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your healthcare provider (NHS call 111)

For information issued from public health organisations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, please read more here.

Section 2: The College of Podiatry action plan for events, travel, and potential risk areas and lockdown

8. If facilitating meetings at The College of Podiatry Head Office at Quartz House, please ensure your attendees are following the above hygiene guidelines in section 1. 

9. If travelling abroad on College of Podiatry business, please only travel if it is essential and not to an affected area (as per government advice). Please research the BBC news and Government advice for the current affected areas:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan

Currently, the government has advised not to travel to China. Italy is also an area impacted.

10. If you are travelling abroad for personal reasons or business to an affected area and you have any of the symptoms (high temperature, cough, muscle pain, breathing difficulty) telephone your healthcare provider (NHS 111) and inform your line manager.

11. For any large events that you are required to attend on behalf of your employer that will involve people interaction on a large scale, please consult with your line manager on the importance of attendance, your current health, travel arrangements and the location of the event. 

12. Where the governments suggested regions within UK are at risk, the public should avoid events in this area.

13. If the Government suggests a lockdown of a specific city (e.g. London). The College of Podiatry has a business contingency plan on outbreaks such as this, which you can find on the p-drive. All staff have the equipment and I.T. set up to be able to work from home to avoid entering a Town/City that has been put at risk.

The College of Podiatry will update these pages as and when more information becomes available. 

For information issued from public health organisations in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, please read more here.

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