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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

27 Mar 2020

27th March 2020

The health, safety and wellbeing of the people we support, and our colleagues, is an absolute priority for everyone at Cornerstone. We have put comprehensive plans in place to maintain our core services, care and support, as far as we possibly can. These plans are being reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure we maintain the utmost levels of safety, in line with Scottish Government and Health Protection Scotland guidance.

As recognised key workers within the health and social care sector, we adhere strictly to Government self-isolation, household isolation, social distancing and shielding and protecting measures. These measures are applied as appropriate to each of our settings, the individual needs of the people we support and our colleagues. Safety is paramount.

We have a number of detailed policies and procedures covering all operations, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). These look to ensure that where required, PPE will be available to all members of staff. We have collated a central distribution list of suppliers across the country who currently have stock. In addition to this, managers have been successful in engaging with local and non-traditional suppliers who have been reaching out to support us through this difficult time. We are extremely grateful for their assistance. It is true to say the PPE sector is experiencing delays in delivery times and some shortages, but we continue to manage, share and distribute our existing stock effectively. We expect to be able to continue to do so and will be keeping supply and demand of PPE under close review.

To provide further assurance, it should be noted that current Government advice states “If neither the care worker nor the individual receiving care and support have symptoms, then no personal protective equipment is required above and beyond normal good hygiene practices. General interventions may include increased cleaning activity and keeping property properly ventilated by opening windows whenever safe and appropriate”. We will follow this advice and have put additional, mandatory, infection control training in place for all staff. Should a colleague or individual we support develop any symptoms, the necessary measures will be followed stringently.

A dedicated COVID-19 Risk Assessment Guidance has also been developed to assist staff in minimising risk. Everyone is encouraged to follow the guidance and complete a related COVID-19 risk assessment form with support from their team leader. This will help to clearly identify risk and any further action required to minimise it.

Cornerstone colleagues across the country are doing their utmost to ensure that the welfare of the vulnerable people we support is protected during these unprecedented times. Our contingency plans and procedures are being reviewed and updated on a regular basis in line with Government and Health Protection Scotland advice. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing enquiries@cornerstone.org.uk or calling us on 0300 131 3333.