General clinical management

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

Clinical assessment and symptom control

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.

Last reviewed: 04/06/21

An article from the RCGP about managing smell and taste disorders in primary care.

Last updated: 07/05/21

This NICE guideline covers the management of COVID-19 for children, young people and adults in all care settings.

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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.

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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.

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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.

Last updated: 02/04/21

This webinar held on 12 January 2021, highlighted the association between oxygen saturations and COVID-19 which underpins the need for the COVID Oximetry @home pathway. Hosted by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN Network), it shared a collaborative approach to monitor and manage patients at risk of sudden deterioration.

Last updated: 12/01/21

This paper sets out the known evidence for the virtual ward concept and the role of GPs in delivering and supporting this.

Last updated: 28/10/20

Documentation and coding

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

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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.

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

Public health and PPE

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

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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.

Last reviewed: 02/04/21

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    Last modified: Monday, 2 August 2021, 11:37 AM