Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Programme COVID-19 update


The Scottish Government Early Learning and Childcare Programme has published a COVID-19 newsletter.

This has replaced their monthly programme updates and will be published regularly for the duration of the pandemic response. 

You can download a copy here.


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Scottish Government Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill


The Scottish Government Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill received Royal Assent came into effect on 7 April 2020.

We’ve produced a short briefing highlighting the main points relevant to care services.

You can read it here.


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SAPG guidance on antibiotic use

The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) has published some interim advice for clinical teams to ensure antimicrobial stewardship is maintained during the coronavirus COVID-19 emergency.   This includes:

  • Updated advice COVID-19 hospital (23 March 2020)

  • Interim advice COVID-19 frail older people (23 March 2020)

  • Interim advice to Antimicrobial Management Teams 12 March 2020

These documents can be downloaded from the SAPG website here


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Clinical consumables survey


We are inviting services to complete this survey, on a voluntary basis,  to collect summary data about types of clinical consumables that are in short supply across Scotland.

We will share the information we collect with the NHS National Services Scotland triage centre to give them an overview of shortages across Scotland.

We will issue this survey weekly to see how the situation is changing over time.

Please complete the survey in line with what your service’s current needs are, referring to Health Protection Scotland guidance on required equipment where relevant.

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/supplyshortagesacrossScotland/

We will not be able to respond to individual services’ needs using this survey.   If you are experiencing a critical shortage, then you should contact the NHS NSS triage centre by calling 0300 303 3020.


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Updated HPS guidance for social or community care and residential settings


Health Protection Scotland have updated their guidance for social or community care and residential settings to include information about personal protective equipment (PPE).

This can be downloaded from their website here.  


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