Alphega Pharmacy COVID-19 member support hub

This page contains useful information and resources to help our members at this difficult time. As a valued Alphega member, please use these resources as you need.

Keep returning to this page regularly, we are frequently adding new information.

In this page you will find the following information:

  • ACT now info
  • Pandemic Delivery Service 
  • Useful Posters
  • Protective equipment
  • NHS letters
  • Key worker identification
  • COVID pack – hints and tips
  • Safe spaces
  • Tablet update
  • British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA)
  • HR
  • Useful videos

 

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Alphega Pharmacy is proud to sponsor Pharmacist Support Wellbeing Campaign encouraging Pharmacists to ACTNow

 

Pandemic Delivery Service (PDS)

A new Pandemic Delivery Service (PDS) was launched in England, here you can find our support materials:

Useful posters

Protective equipment

We delivered three protective face visors to all members at the beginning of May, instructions on how to assemble them can be found here 

We have a range of protective ‘sneeze screens’, available in both acrylic and acetate versions, which can be ordered directly from our supplier. See the flyer here.

NHS letters

Please find below links to suitable letters that you can print/edit and give to your pharmacy team. These can be used by team members to show police officers (for essential work travel) and at supermarkets for key worker preferential supermarket/shops access.

Key worker identification

We have created self-seal identification cards for your pharmacy staff and are available in country-specific NHS branded versions. These country-specific templates can be posted to your pharmacy for you to add photos and staff details.

  • ID Card – free allocation

  • Diamond members – 6 cards

  • Platinum members – 4 cards

  • Silver members – 2 cards

  • Groups – 2 cards

Additional cards can be purchased at £2 each.  

COVID pack – hints and tips

A COVID-19 support pack was posted to all members at the end of June, the booklet within it contained a variety of hints and tips on your how to keep your premises, staff and patients safe. The full booklet can be found here.

Safe spaces

During this unprecedented time, there have been reports that domestic abuse sufferers are having difficulties keeping themselves safe and are often trapped in vulnerable spaces and situations with nowhere or no-one to turn to.

To help combat this we would encourage our members to assist sufferers by facilitating their consultancy rooms as a Safe Space for victims of abuse during this outbreak.

Tablet

We have recently unlocked your Alphega tablet so you can use it for video calls with your patients. To do this you will need to do the following:

  • Ensure you are on the latest version of the app (V18.9)
  • Sync the Alphega app (tap on down arrow on the home screen of the Alphega app) - this will unlock your device
  • Tap on the home button beneath the screen which will take you the Android home screen
  • Open the Google Play app and login (you will need a Google Account for this)
  • Search for the video call app of your choice and install (ensure the app you choose is a recognised video calling app with sufficient security measures)
  • Launch the application from your apps folder and login
  • If you need any further support, please call the Alphega Tablet Help Desk on 0844 543393 and leave a message. A member of our team will call you back to offer assistance.
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British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA)

BOPA is the British Oncology Pharmacy Association, founded in the autumn of 1996 and grew out of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association (UKCPA).

The purpose of BOPA, which is a registered charity, is to promote excellence in the pharmaceutical care of patients with cancer through education, communication, research and innovation by an alliance of hospital, community and academic pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, those in the pharmaceutical industry and other healthcare professionals.

BOPA have put together a page of information on their website

BOPA have also advised they are offering free membership and full access to it’s website for the next three months enabling questions to be answered by oncology pharmacists via the forum, resources and e-learning. The link is here

 

Videos

Here is a selection of useful videos

HR

Our third party HR preferred provider – Xact – have supplied us with a host of Q&As which you may find useful.

(last updated 1st May 2020)