General clinical management

Essential information for GPs about COVID-19, from symptoms to diagnosis to protecting practice staff.

Clinical assessment and symptom control

Guidance from NHS London Clinical Networks on how Primary Care and Community Respiratory Teams can collaborate on respiratory care during COVID-19.

A comprehensive and free online resource that covers various aspects of COVID-19, including epidemiology, diagnosis, management and follow up. This resource is updated daily.

The latest guidance from NICE, providing recommendations for managing COVID‑19 symptoms for patients in the community, including at the end of life.

Health Education England e-learning for healthcare (HEE e-lfh) coronavirus resources page.

The assessment of patients who are unwell with COVID or other causes presents a significant challenge for GPs and clinicians working in Primary Care. Dr Jonathan Leach RCGP Hon Sec and COVID lead, Dr Alison Tavare West of England AHSN , and Dr Simon Stockley, RCGP Lead for Acute Deterioration and Sepsis discuss the clinical assessment of patients with COVID-19, the role of oximetry and other physiology in that assessment.

This 10 minute module summarises current guidance for members of the primary care team in assessing COVID-19 patients and helping them to determine whether they need admission to hospital.

Guidance for the safe switching of warfarin to direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs)for patients with non-valvular AF and venous thromboembolism (DVT/PE) during the coronavirus pandemic.

This video discusses issues that are increasingly occurring with the management of patients with chronic diseases during this time of social distancing and limits on healthcare resources.

This guidance from NHS England sets out principles to support the remote monitoring, using pulse oximetry, of patients with confirmed or possible COVID-19.

The use of steroid medication is one of the management options for a range of musculoskeletal conditions and in particular rheumatic conditions, and this guidance aims to assist decisions on the use of such medication during the pandemic.

In this podcast Dr Tom Kneale, a GP and Faculty Educator from North Wales and Dr Jessica Watson, a GP from Bristol and a NIHR Research Fellow at the University of Bristol talk to Dr Barbara Noble about how we can distinguish between flu and COVID-19.

The podcast was funded through an educational grant from Seqirus to cover education on influenza and the role of vaccines as a prevention. Seqirus has had no input in the content or been part of any reviews thereof. Editorial and content decisions were made solely by the RCGP.

    Documentation and coding

    The latest advice on coding for COVID-19. These codes only apply to England and Scotland for now. 

    This document is offered for GPs to consider or adapt to meet their needs and contains the Chronic Frailty Score and NEWS2 table to support patient assessment and communication with GP, Ambulance and Hospital Colleagues. The use of these tools remains optional.

    Public health and PPE

    Rapid guidelines from NICE on a range of topics that clinicians may deal with during COVID-19.

    A resource from Health Protection Scotland for management of patients presenting to primary care, including contact details for local Health Protection Teams in Scotland.

    A series of infographics offering advice on best practice for home visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Including a list of necessary equipment and the process when inside the patient's home.

    Guidance from Public Health England on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for non-aerosol generating procedures (APGs).

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      Last modified: Monday, 26 October 2020, 9:58 AM