Update 18th March 2020 – Go Nurse Current Position to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Go Nurse UK head office is now working remotely and fully operational. All HQ staff are working from home in support of Government best practice.
When you telephone our office on our single 24/7 number 02082617261 you will divert to our central call service, who will then direct your call as requested.
- As guidance expands we request all Go Nurse locums to complete the COVID-19 self declaration form in case of any change OR to advise us of fitness.
- All locums are advised NOT to travel in uniform, but change into clean uniform at arrival of your shift.
- In addition we can confirm that all active locums have completed and passed an updated infection control training focused on Coronavirus.
Locums are advised to contact the office with any CV instances, interaction, self isolation or to discuss all concerns.
Update 13th March 2020 – Go Nurse Current Position to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As a responsible organisation, we aim to support our clients, vulnerable end users and valuable locums in care homes and social care settings. To this end we openly disclose the below comments to help our team make the right personal decision based on the best information we have available.
- Many care services are now closed for non-essential visitors including friends and relatives.
- Go Nurse supports this as a protective measure for residents, staff and agency locums.
- Go Nurse will proactively ask each client on receipt of a booking whether they have any instances of self isolation or Coronavirus cases.
- Any known information will be passed to any Go Nurse locum to allow them to make a personal informed decision on whether to accept a shift, including self isolations on site, suspected COVID-19 cases or known COVID-19 cases.
- If in any doubt whatsoever, we encourage all locums to ask upon shift arrival the latest site information and availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). If this information is not available, contact the office 02082617261.
- Go Nurse office based in Twickenham is fully prepared in case of full or part closure to work without disruption to our locums or clients.
Update 12th March 2020 – NHS Update
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
Working for a Nursing Agency – Play Your Part in Managing the Coronavirus: Covid-19
Nurses, care staff and support workers are all aware of the current threat posed by the contagious and potentially deadly Coronavirus. We all work with potentially vulnerable individuals, therefore we have to remain extra vigilant in light of current threats. If you current work for Go Nuse you will be contacted to take urgent infection control refresher training and asked about recent travel.
The World Health Organisation has declared this as a public health emergency of international concern and certainly infections are now spreading rapidly outside of China.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Generally, coronavirus causes more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.
As healthcare locums you are naturally in the front line of treating and supporting ill and vulnerable adults, and therefore it is imperative that you take as much precaution to protect yourselves. At the same time, it is our duty to protect our clients, many of whom are elderly and vulnerable.
Go Nurse is dedicated to maintaining the safety and wellbeing of our locums and our clients, and so would like to draw your attention to the points below and ask you to act accordingly:
Practice Good Hygiene: this has never been more critical!
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the bin
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
Recommended Hand Wash Regime
Mention any travel that could compromise your health status:
- You may be asked about any travel before being assigned a shift, please self report so we are aware
- Anyone at risk of potentially having the virus due to recent travel patterns should self-isolate until they are outside the incubation period and will not be placed on shifts during this period
- So far the Coronavirus seems to be causing the greatest number of fatalities in individuals who are older or who have weakened immune systems or pre-existing conditions – our clients, patients and care home residents could be particularly compromised if they were to come into contact with a locum carrying the virus. Please remain extra vigilant and advise us of any issues or concerns.
- Official advice governing precautions based on travel to certain countries can be found here:
- Official advice governing precautions for the healthcare sector can be found here:
If you have been asked to self-isolate and are unsure what this means:
- Take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with people as much as possible, like you would with other flu viruses
- Remain at home for 14 days and not go to work or public areas
- Wherever possible, avoid having visitors to your home, but it is ok for friends, family or delivery drivers to drop off food and supplies
- Do not use public transport or taxis
- Contact a friend, family member or delivery service to carry out errands on your behalf or take your children to school
- Self Isolation advice can be found here:
Update 6th March 2020 – Go Nurse Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
In light of advice and concerns we are taking the virus threats seriously in order to protect our staff, clients and the vulnerable people receiving care in the varying environments in which our teams work.
Due to the very nature of agency work, we advise all our staff to follow the guidance provided by the client at the beginning of each shift. This may vary from unit to unit and day to day, therefore confirmation should be sought before commencing duty if not initially apparent. It is the responsibility of the individual to act within their best intentions at all times and any concerns should be reported.
As a provider of staff to the healthcare sector, Go Nurse has taken the following precautions:
- All staff have been made aware of this update and advise
- All staff have been requested to inform us of any recent or future travel plans
- All staff have been allocated infection control refresher training to include Coronavirus updates in line with the latest government guidance
- The office team is taking the opportunity to discuss concerns, potential travel and virus contact with locums prior to booking on a shift
- This information is being constantly updated in line with the latest government and NHS guidance
Any requests or concerns should be directed here