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The page is divided into three main sections:

  1. Updates for General Practice - our FAQs plus the most recent updates from the LMC and NHS.
  2. Resources and Documents - useful resources, divided into categories 
  3. Advice and Guidance - links to external sites which are regularly updated with new coronavirus guidance

 

1. Updates for General Practice:

Humberside LMCs FAQs Covid 19 – 03 April 2020

This is a list of FAQs based on queries submitted by practices with responses complied by the LMC team . Updated regularly.

Coronavirus - LMC Update 03 April 2020

This is our weekly round up of new updates and guidance. 

Preparedness Update Letter for General Practice - 27 March 2020

Latest regular update from NHSE/I to general practice regarding COVID-19.  

NHS England and NHS Improvement - Covid-19 Primary Care daily bulletin

View the latest daily NHSE/I bulletin. 

Sign up for NHSE/I C0vid-19 Primary Care daily bulletin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Resources and Documents:

Clinical
Clinical guidelines for the control of symptoms in the COVID-19 patient in a community setting - 02 April 2020 Guidance from HERPC (Hull and East Riding Prescribing Committee). Prepared by the palliative care team including input from geriatricians, Macmillian pharmacists and GPs. 
North Yorkshire and York CCGs Remote assessment of Covid-19 - 02 April 2020 Guidelines developed for the North Yorkshire area. Please note the document is not endorsed by NHSE or any other medical body. 
Remote consultations: a quick guide to assessing patients by video or voice call - 25 March 2020  A one page inforgraphic from the BMJ.
Warfarin - Safe Switching Guidance  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
Advice on maintaining cancer treatment during the COVID-19 response - 30 March 2020 NHSE guidance on maintaining cancer treatment. 
BMJ Visual Summary Covid-19 - 17 March 2020 This is a one page info graphic for GPs on what to do if you suspect a patient may have coronavirus. Updated to reflect the new UK government advice announced on 16 March 2020.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death Certification
Coronavirus Act – excess death provisions: information and guidance for medical practitioners 31 March 2020 NHSE/I guidance setting out changes under the Coronavirus Act of Parliament.
Guidance for doctors completing medical certificates of cause of death in England and Wales -  Updated 1 April 2020   Gov.UK guidance notes for doctors covering issues doctors often ask about, and clarifying best practice under current legislation, including the Coronavirus Act 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Abuse
Coronavirus: Safety Advice for Survivors (website link) Advice from Women's Aid on accessing help with domestic abuse in the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

 

 

Hospitals
Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust - Statement for GPs - 03 April 2020 Statement for the attention of local GPs with an update on referrals, communications, X-ray, and testing. 

 

 

 

Indemnity
Clinical negligence indemnity in response to Coronavirus - 04 April 2020 Joint letter from the Department for Health and Social Care, NHS Resolution, and NHS England and NHS Improvement: clinical negligence indemnity in response to Coronavirus.

 

 

 

 

Pharmacies and Prescribing
Easter Opening Hours for Pharmacies - summary ​​​​​​ - 04 April 2020 Summary from PSNC of the requirement recently announced by NHSE/I for pharmacies to open between Good Friday and Easter Monday. 
Local Pharmaceutical Committee Press Release - 31 March 2020

A news release from Community Pharmacy Humber (Humber LPC) on how the pandemic is affecting pharmacies and how patients can help. 

NHSE Pharmacy Update - 31 March 2020 This is the third in a series of regular updates to community pharmacy regarding the emerging COVID-19 situation.
Joint LMC/LPC letter - Covid-19 - 18 March 2020 This joint letter with our colleagues in the Local Pharmaceutical Committee sets out responses to some of the FAQs we have both received.
Covid-19 – Changes to Repeat Prescribing Ordering Systems - 18 March 2020 Humber region CCGs have issued this update regarding arrangements for ordering repeat prescriptions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Updated Guidance - COVID-19 personal protective equipment - 02 April 2020 This revised guidance concerns use of PPE by health and social care workers, in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. It supersedes previous PPE guidance. 
Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient and community care by setting - 02 April 2020 One page chart showing what type of PPE should be used in primary care settings. Based on updated PPE guidance issued 02 April 2020. 
PPE letter from NHSE/PHE/Academy of Medical Royal Colleges - 28 March 2020 This letter outlines the current state of play regarding supply of equipment and guidance for its use. 
BMA Letter to the Prime Minister re PPE - 21 March 2020 This letter highlights problems facing healthcare workers due to the lack of personal protective equipment and testing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice Management
Standard Operating Procedures for General Practice - version 2, 05 April 2020  Updated version of the Standard Operating Procedures for General Practice in the context of Coronavirus. 
Remote Access Solution (RAS) User Guide v2.2 - April 2020 Guidance from the NHS NYH team on how users can be authorised to have a RAS account, and how to set up and log in to the account. 
Information Governance - working from home on NHS supplied PCs - April 2020 Guidance from Embed on information governance and technical set-up. 
Remote consultations and home working ​​​​​​- 27 March 2020 This guidance from the BMA supports doctors in any healthcare setting to conduct remote consultations during the pandemic. 
Advice on how to establish a remote ‘total triage’ model in general practice using online consultations (version 1) - 27 March 2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHSE/I have produced this guide to support all GP practices in England with the rapid implementation of a ‘total triage’ model using telephone and online consultation tools. 
Triage During Covid-19 (Powerpoint) - 19 March 2020 This is a training presentation setting out how to conduct telephone triage during the coronavirus pandemic. Developed by Vocare.
Data Protection and Coronavirus Data protection and coronavirus information hub published by the Information Commissioner's Office. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staffing and Volunteering
NHS Volunteer Responders information for health professionals (version 1) - 31 March 2020  This document gives guidance on what roles NHS volunteer responders will be doing to support patients and how practices can make referrals.
NHS Staff: Hotel Accommodation - 20 March 2020 This document from NHSE/I sets out how NHS staff can access hotel accommodation, paid for by the NHS, if they are affected by the 14 day household isolation rules.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vulnerable and At Risk Patients
Caring for people at the highest risk: background and FAQs for clinicians - 03 April 2020 Published by NHSE/I. Document relates specifically to people defined by the United Kingdom’s Chief Medical Officers as being extremely clinically vulnerable to, or at highest clinical risk from, COVID-19. 
Update on the Government’s shielding policy and implications for General Practice - 03 April 2020 Update on shielding policy for individuals at the highest level of risk - identifying individuals and next steps for practices to take. 
At Risk Patients Letter (Word Version) - 27 March 2020 This is the text for the letter to vulnerable patients which gives advice on staying safe from coronavirus. Guidance on managing and shielding at risk patients can be found on the NHS website here.
Information for GPs regarding vulnerable patients - 21 March 2020

This guidance sets out the plan for notification to high risk patients regarding social distancing and the requirements on GP practices to contact patients:

Guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults (published 16 March 2020) This guidance includes a list of those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) who will need to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures and considered vulnerable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women and Children's Health
Tonsillar examination in children and infection risk Infection control implications for asymptomatically infected children. Produced by RCPCH and the British Paediatric Allergy Immunity & Infection Group.
How to manage contraceptive provision without face to face consultations A resource to manage contraception through telephone consultation during the pandemic including extensions to coil and implant use. Published by Primary Care Women's Health Forum. 
Coronavirus and helping children with autism Webinars to signpost parents / carers of autistic children who are struggling with the changes brought about by the pandemic. Hosted by the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Advice and guidance:

NHS England and NHS Improvement: Coronavirus - Primary Care These pages have links to the up-to-date guidance healthcare professionals need to respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Gov.UK: Guidance for Health Professionals Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
Public Health England: Coronavirus Resources   Advice for the public on how to protect themselves and others, and how to stop the spread of the virus. 
Advice for the Public Advice for the public on what to do if they have symptoms, how to stop it spreading, travel advice, and information on how the government is responding. 
BMA - Covid-19 Guidance Resources from the BMA include a Covid-19 guidance directory and an outline of steps for GP practices to take
Royal College of General Practitioners - Covid-19 Guidance Resources from the RCGP include FAQS and a resource hub. 
HERPC (Hull and East Riding Prescribing Committee) Hull and East Riding Prescribing Committee addresses prescribing and medicines management issues across primary and secondary care.

  

Updated on 06 April 2020, 850 views