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COVID-19 Advice for Patients and Healthcare Professionals

Posted on Monday, April 06, 2020 at 09:19 AM

We understand that it is an extremely worrying time for those with long-term healthcare needs such as a tracheostomy or laryngectomy. It is important to follow the correct up to date guidance in relation to social distancing, hygiene practices and self-isolation.  Please find some useful links below.

General advice from the NHS:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

TRACHEOSTOMY

Advice for those with a Tracheostomy published by the National Tracheostomy Safety Project website.

Advice for Patients:

http://www.tracheostomy.org.uk/storage/files/NTSP%20Advice%20for%20patients%20with%20a%20tracheostomy%20in%20the%20Coronavirus%20pandemic.pdf

Advice for Clinicians:

http://www.tracheostomy.org.uk/healthcare-staff/improving-tracheostomy-care/covid-19

LARYNGECTOMY

Advice for those with a Laryngectomy can be found on the National Association of Laryngectomy Clubs Website:

https://www.laryngectomy.org.uk/

Malcolm Babb, NALC’s President is currently working with recognised groups of clinicians to clarify the position of laryngectomees and the risk groups Public Health England have identified. Further information will be posted on their Facebook page when it is available.

Links for Clinicians:

Emergency laryngectomy management for patients with any risk of COVID–19 :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fFzJcup2w8

UPDATE 20.4.2020

CORONAVIRUS “EXTREMELY VULNERABLE GROUPS

The latest information we have comes from a response to the Cancer Laryngectomy Trust:

Someone who has had a laryngectomy is likely to be considered extremely vulnerable as the upper airway cannot be protected as well as usual. Patients should discuss directly with their cancer care team and GP, who will have discretion to add them to the vulnerable list. In the meantime, if they are concerned about their risk of infection they should follow the shielding guidance.

You can register on the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable?fbclid=IwAR2OSUACGBFPb2Ls1XDL4ogxdYo7-K4NWWvRWkBLav8wpo6dhDcmeG7ItcU

 

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