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28th February 2020

Coronavirus Update


The containment of COVID-19 remains of major concern and the situation is being monitored and we will continue to disseminate information as it becomes available. The GPC webpage is regularly updated with guidance and links to information from Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales and Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland), and the Department of Health and Social Care.

The GPC webpage includes a link to the PHE guidance for primary care which was updated this week, with posters for practices and guidance by the RCGP (including practice action cards) available here:

The updated PHE guidance advises that the patient should be isolated and to call 111 directly, rather than there being an expectation that the GP does this. NHS England also distributed a briefing for primary care providers earlier this week.

Richard Vautrey wrote to NHS England about coronavirus emergency planning, including the feasibility of an online booking suspension and procurement challenges such as the cost of supplies and equipment. We would encourage all practices to continue to follow current advice from PHE, and for anyone who suspects they might be at risk of having the virus, or has developed symptoms, to callNHS 111.