The recent advice by the BSG, BASL and RCP to healthcare professionals on immunosuppression classified as Moderate Risk (see IBD Risk Grid and Liver Risk Grid), who are undertaking stringent social distancing and yet working within a hospital environment, states that it is essential to have adequate office space in an appropriate ‘clean’ environment.
This further document defines what is meant by ‘adequate office space’ in a ‘clean environment’.
- An office space should be identified which (as a minimum) must have a telephone and a PC with internet connection. Wi-Fi access to support video calls is preferable.
- The space should only be occupied by the health care professional on immunosuppression, identified at ‘moderate risk
- There should be clear signage indicating that the space is ‘clean’ and reserved for at risk personnel only
- No one should enter the clean space other than the designated occupant
- The individual entering the clean space must wash their hands or use hand gel, upon entering the space
- In exceptional circumstances, more than one person could use the space provided that strict social distancing rules are observed e.g. desks a minimum of 2 metres apart
- None of the “At Risk” individuals sharing ‘clean’ space can work in a COVID-19 contact area of the hospital or be undertaking regular non-COVID-19 face to face patient contact
Cathryn Edwards, BSG President
Tony Tham, Chair, BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee (CSSC)
Andy Douds, Deputy Chair, CSSC and BSG QI Lead
Stuart McPherson, BSG Senior Secretary