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Prison Service: Industrial Health and Safety

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 277789, tabled on 16 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions have prison staff calling the Body Fluid Exposure and Sharps Injury telephone helpline been advised to attend A&E in each month since December 2017.

Answered on

22 July 2019

HMPPS has a duty of care to its staff to ensure they are provided immediate and specialist advice following suspected and actual Bodily Fluid Exposure (BFE) incidents. In December 2017 HMPPS put in place a 24 hour Bodily Fluid Exposure and Sharps Injury telephone helpline which provides an initial assessment by a qualified nurse clinician.

Number of calls to the Body Fluid Exposure and Sharps Injury telephone helpline per month:

(see annex A)

Number of times staff have been directed to contact Accident & Emergency:

(see annex C)