The Homeless Health Operations Centre is staffed by the Healthy London Partnership, supporting the London COVID-19 Homeless Health Response Cell, as a multi-agency approach to managing the health needs and minimising the transmission of COVID-19 within the homeless population in London. This is set out in our operating manual.
We have brought together a range of information and guidance which we hope are helpful to partners and providers. These have been created quickly from various sources and we have endeavoured to credit information wherever possible.
NHS England Mental Health and Primary Care guidance
Guidance for commissioners
Information for hotels
Hotel Frequently Asked Questions and guidance on adapting facilities and procedures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
COVID symptoms notice for hotels. To be edited with local details, printed out and put under everyone’s door when they come in
Homeless Hotel poster (this can also be used in hostels)
Managing Covid hotels interview: Sam Dorney Smith, Senior Nursing Fellow at Pathway, has shared her valuable insight to meeting this challenge with us. Watch the video to learn about the process of setting them up, the challenges and guidance for other sites (YouTube).
Information for hostels
Hostel Frequently Asked Questions and guidance on adapting facilities and procedures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Referrals for testing and COVID CARE
If you are referring from an Outreach Team please contact the COVID CARE team directly, see here for futher information
Hostels should complete the UCL Collaborative Centre for Inclusion Health symptom surveillance survey here Baseline survey – link and sign up to daily reporting Daily survey – link and short linked referral form which will alert the COVID Care team should you have any new symptomatic cases and they will make contact.
Hotels should complete the referral form available here COVID CARE referral form
Please refer any homeless clients who attends a site directly to StreetLink London or contact your local Homeless Outreach team.
Information for primary and community care
Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient and community care by setting, NHS and independent sector. Need to wear face and eye protection to see symptomatic patients (would include visors) and surgical masks when seeing asymptomatic ‘extremely vulnerable’ patients (COVID PROTECT).
British Medical Journal visual summary for COVID-19 remote consultations. A quick guide to assessing patients by video or voice calls
Pragmatic guidance from the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS), for the routine and crisis management of patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) during the COVID-19 epidemic. Nebulisers should, where possible, be avoided for acute attacks due to the increased risk of disseminating COVID-19 (to other patients AND to physicians, nurses and other personnel)
Drug and alcohol guidance
PHE and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) COVID-19 guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol
Launch of Homeless Hotels Drug and Alcohol Support Service (HDAS London) and additional resources; smoking and COVID-19 guide for residents and smoking cessation product user guides for residents including JUUL e-cigarette, Vype ePen, nicotine mouth spray and pouch and Voke nicotine inhalator
Link to training video for tobacco harm reduction and e-cigarettes (HDAS London)
Mental health guidance
If staff and clients are unsure where to get crisis guidance from, they are advised to call 111 and ask for the local mental health crisis line
Monitoring mental health clients one pager
Palliative and End of life care
A collated list of National, Regional and North West London local good practice resources for community practitioners to use to support anticipatory care planning and palliative care during COVID-19 crisis
Google drive link to guidance related to COVID19, homelessness and palliative care (open access)
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