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Message for patients: the information on this page is aimed at health professionals. Information and advice about coronavirus for patients can be found at  www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Programme guidance page or the latest information for general practice about the programme. 



Updates for General Practice:

NHS England and NHS Improvement Primary Care bulletin

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Resources and Documents:


Notifiable diseases - how to report

COVID 19 is a notifiable disease and that there is a statutory requirement for GPs to report cases. 

Death Certification

COVID-19: death certification and cremation during the coronavirus pandemic (weblink) Link to BMA guidance page on verification and certification of death and cremation for a temporary period during which emergency measures are in place to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cremation Medical Certificate (weblink)


The Cremation Medical Certificate (form 4) has been updated to provide for a medical practitioner completing the form on their computer or other device to embed an electronic signature. This will enable the form to be sent via another person’s email account, such as a medical administrator, without the form having to be first printed and signed.

Face Masks

Face Mask Exemptions LMC advice regarding requests for proof of exemption from the requirement to wear a face mask. 
Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own Government guidance on face masks, including where and when they should be worn, and exemptions.  
Face Masks Poster Poster to download and display in practices. 

Fit Notes

Fit note: guidance for GPs Information for GPs about how to complete each section of the fit note, with case studies to show different situations.

Medical Exemption Certification: proving you are unable to get vaccinated

COVID-19 medical exemptions: proving you are unable to get vaccinated How to apply for official proof that, for medical reasons, you're unable to be vaccinated or unable to be vaccinated and tested for COVID-19.


Clinical Negligence Scheme for Coronavirus - weblink NHS Resolution information on the scheme to meet liabilities arising from the special healthcare arrangements being put in place in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Includes FAQs. 


Support for NHS staff with Long COVID A package for health and wellbeing has been put in place to support NHS staff as part of NHS recovery planning – please see the attached for more information.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC) Guidance from gov.uk on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.

Practice Management

Vaccination as a Condition of Deployment for Health and Care Workers - Implementation NHSE guidance to support providers in the vaccination as a condition of deployment (VCOD) for healthcare workers, phase 2 implementation.
COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings  Public Health England guidance which provides advice on the management of staff and patients or residents in health and social care settings according to exposures, symptoms and test results.
Remote consultations and home working This guidance from the BMA supports doctors in any healthcare setting to conduct remote consultations during the pandemic.
Data Protection and Coronavirus Data protection and coronavirus information hub published by the Information Commissioner's Office.

Test and Trace

NHS Covid-19 App - information for people working in healthcare  Information on the contact tracing app for healthcare workers, including how to pause the contact tracing function when they are in healthcare buildings including, hospitals and GP surgeries. 


Visit our COVID-19 Vaccination Programme guidance page or the latest information for general practice about the programme. 


NHS Volunteer Responders - online referral form Online form to make a referral to the voluntary scheme to provide help to vulnerable people during the pandemic. 

















































Advice and guidance:



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. 
Your Covid Recovery NHS website for patients to help them understand how COVID-19 may have affected them and what they might expect as part of their recovery. 
BMA - Covid-19: Toolkit for GPs and GP Practices Comprehensive guidance for GPs, partners and practice managers to manage employment and contractual issues and service provision during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Royal College of General Practitioners - Covid-19 Guidance Resources from the RCGP include FAQS and a resource hub. 
Doctors of the World - Coronavirus Information Latest NHS guidelines translated into 60 languages, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross.  


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