Next Steps in Infection Prevention and Control

Next Steps in Infection Prevention and Control

Update on the latest IPC guidance for primary care.

What's changed/been updated

  • Guidance: Infection prevention and control for seasonal respiratory infections in health and care settings (including SARS-CoV-2) for winter 2021 to 2022 has now been withdrawn and archived
  • New publication: COVID-19 is a notifiable disease
  • Changes to requirements to wear face masks (slide 4) – removal of masks for non clinical staff and non COVID-19/respiratory consultations
  • No social distancing is required in waiting areas although those with active respiratory symptoms should wear a face mask

Patients with respiratory symptoms should be triaged to establish the risk of COVID-19 or other respiratory infections. Anyone assessed to be a respiratory infection risk should be managed with consideration to either:

  • A separate waiting area where achievable (patients do not require a separate entrance/exit or consulting room)
  • OR
  • Provided with a face mask to wear in a communal waiting area

Patients with respiratory symptoms where a fever is present (>37.8C) or have an active cough should be prioritised for an isolation room whilst waiting or triaged for home visit.

document PC IPC phased approach June 2022 (4.20 MB)


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