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LMC Update January 13th 2022

Publication date: January 2022

Primary Care Campaign – New Materials

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New communications materials for practices have been published in the third phase of the #wearegeneralpractice campaign. 

The third phase of the campaign is about helping to educate patients about where to access treatment and answering some common questions people ask about general practice. 

The graphics can be shared through social media or used on websites. You can view all the graphics on our website here and download a folder with all the graphics from Dropbox

Guidance – Assessment, Monitoring and Management of Symptomatic COVID-19 Patients in the Community 

This new NHS guidance has been developed to support frontline clinicians with the assessment, monitoring and treatment of patients who present to general practice with symptomatic COVID-19.

Updated UK Health Security Agency Guidance on Confirmatory PCR Tests

This letter provides confirmation that, from 11 January, those who receive positive lateral flow device (LFD) results for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate immediately and will not be required to take a confirmatory PCR test. This is because the vast majority of people with positive LFD results will have COVID-19 at current high prevalence rates.

There are some exceptions outlined in the letter, including those patients who are at particular risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19 have been identified by the NHS as being potentially eligible for new treatments.

Webinars - Getting Ready for Patients to have Access to their Future Data

From April 2022, patients with online accounts such as through the NHS App will be able to read new entries in their health record. This applies to patients whose practices use the TPP and EMIS systems. 

Information on what general practice staff need to know about the programme can be found here and there are webinars taking place in January and February – click here for dates and online booking. 

HYMS / Hull Medical Society Debate, Thursday 27th January, 19:00-20:30

This free online event will feature a debate on a number of current medical issues:

a. Doctors will be replaced by AI in 20 years

b. The selection process for medical school is no longer fit for purpose

c. The study and practice of medicine have become 2 separate things

d. Being a doctor now is so much more difficult than it used to be

e. Free care at the point of delivery is no longer affordable or desirable

Click here for more information and online booking.

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