Lawrence Dunhill, HSJ correspondent
- Trusts facing difficult decisions over use of pregnant staff during covid-19 outbreak
- National director tells chiefs main risks for pregnant staff are in final trimester
- Royal college urgently seeking additional guidance for healthcare workers
Local NHS leaders facing difficult decisions over the deployment of pregnant staff during the coronavirus outbreak received further guidance from national leaders on Thursday, warning the main risks arise in the final three months of pregnancy.
On Tuesday last week, NHS England and NHS Improvement said trusts should make adjustments to enable pregnant staff to “stay well and at work wherever possible”, adding these adjustments may include working remotely or moving to a lower risk area.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists then on Wednesday advised people to discuss their individual circumstances with their occupational health department, but said it was urgently seeking additional guidance for pregnant healthcare workers.
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