COVID-19

 Guidance on supply and use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

NHS England has issued this new guidance for patient transport services, which gives helpful advice re patient/driver safety, removal of eligibility criteria and availability of funding and should be shared with units  

The Renal Association have released therapeutic guidance on the management of patients receiving immunosuppression for autoimmune conditions. Available here

Therapeutic guidance on the management of transplanted patients diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID 19, based on the limited available evidence is now available on the Renal Association website

The current advice for COVID-19 for patients with kidney disease is on the Kidney Care UK website. 
 
This will be updated as required. There is a direct link to this on the RA COVID-19 web page also.
 
Please can you read this so that we have consistency of advice across the community and direct patients to it for further information.
 
We will let you know when the advice changes.
 

The KQuIP team in conjunction with the RA/BRS and are taking the following steps to reduce the risks associated with COVID – 19 while making sure we continue to support our regional networks by working flexibly, collaboratively and with relevance to ensure patients and services are safe.

·         We will postpone all KQuIP regional events until the autumn but at the same time try not to lose sight of the fantastic QI work that has been done so far by the teams.

·         We intend to run a series of QI webinars to maintain momentum and support progress. These will be recorded to allow teams to join at a convenient time.

·         We will eliminate travel and reduce non – essential contact (unit visits) but provide contact and support virtually connecting clinical teams as appropriate to work across the networks

·         We would like to utilise the network bonds and collaborative working that have been developed to support teams in the coming months to aid communication and sharing

Further information on the renal communities response to COVID -19 can be found on the RA website: https://renal.org/category/ra-news/ and information for patients on the KCUK website kidneycareuk.org/coronavirus