The Guidelines team has produced the following directory of COVID-19 information and guidance for primary care. This page will be updated as and when relevant guidance/information is made available.
Key COVID-19 guidance for primary care
The two main sources of guidance that all healthcare professionals should refer to are PHE guidance for primary care and NHS standard operating procedure (SOP) for general practice. The NHS has also produced a SOP for community pharmacists. On 19 March the NHS published a SOP for general practice.
PHE has guidance for investigation and initial clinical management of a possible case of coronavirus, as well as actions required if staff have been exposed. PHE has also produced guidance for people advised to self isolate, as well as social distancing and for vulnerable people. All updates to PHE guidance for COVID-19 are found on the MHRA central alerting system (CAS), which should be regularly checked by practice staff.
The NHS website has all the relevant guidance on assessment, diagnosis, management of suspected and confirmed coronavirus, disharge, isolation, and travel advice for patients.
All practices should ensure coronavirus patient information posters are displayed and visible to patients before entering the practice. Patient information should be displayed at reception, the medicines counter by any patient touch screen booking-in, waiting areas and at patient access points to clinical areas.
Other useful sources of information:
The General Pharmaceutical Council has signed a joint statement, alongside the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Association of Pharmacy Technicians UK, the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland, and Pharmacy Forum NI, on emphasising social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic
The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) has published guidance on COVID-19 for pharmacists and the pharmacy workforce, including frequently asked questions and additional resources
NHS England and Improvement
This online consultation toolkit, developed by NHS England and Improvement, is an interactive document that provides a range of ideas and options for different professionals, including clinicians, at different points in their implementation journey
NICE has developed a series of rapid guidelines on the active management of COVID-19 infection, including critical care, systemic anticancer treatments, dialysis, haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and radiotherapy.
Royal College of General Practitioners
The RCGP has published specific guidance for general practice, including out-of-hours.
Information for specific groups
The following is a list of links providing additional information for specific groups. This will be updated regularly as new information is published.
The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) has published modifications for adult allergy services during COVID-19 pandemic, which provides suggestions for changes to service provision.
- Adult allergy services
- Paediatric allergy services
Angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers
The Primary Care Cardiovascular Society has developed some specific advice about COVID-19 for patients taking angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)
The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) together with the British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) released a joint statement with regards to treatment with ACEi or ARB in relation to COVID-19
The European Society of Cardiology Council on Hypertension has published a position statement on ACE-inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers in relation to social media reports surrounding COVID-19
Care of the elderly
The British Geriatrics Society has compiled a list of current official UK/global advice and publications relating to COVID-19
Diabetes UK has produced COVID-19 guidance for people living with diabetes and their families, with emphasis on social distancing measures
NHS England have produced a page of key information to support the delivery of diabetes care in London
The Primary Care Diabetes Society has published a COVID-19 fact sheet for healthcare professionals to consider when caring for people with diabetes, including links to guidance and general advice for managing diabetes during intercurrent illness
Eye, ear, nose, and throat
ENT UK has published information on loss of sense of smell as a marker of COVID-19 infection
The British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) has published specific COVID-19 advice for healthcare professionals in Gastroenterology and Hepatology
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published COVID-19 guidance for healthcare professionals working in paediatrics and child health, with signposts and links to further information
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published COVID-19 information for healthcare professionals caring for pregnant women
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has published an updated statement for fertility clinics, including guidance for healthcare professionals and patients
The Renal Association has published a position statement on COVID-19 and ACE inhibitor/angiotensin receptor blocker use
Asthma UK has published health advice concerning COVID-19 for people with asthma.
The British Thoracic Society (BTS) have published information to support the respiratory community during the COVID-19 outbreak, including community respiratory services, COPD and COVID-19 for HCPs, advice for HCPs treating patients with asthma, and obstructive sleep apnoea
The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) has published answers to frequently asked questions on the management of asthma during the COVID-19 outbreak
The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) recognises that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are among the worst affected by COVID-19 and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to try to minimise the impact of the infection. GOLD has produced a brief list of guidance for patients with COPD
Terrence Higgins Trust has produced information on COVID-19, guidance for people living with HIV, and answers to frequently asked questions
Skin and wound care
International Psoriasis Council (IPC) has published a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak
British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has published a statement on dry skin and frequent handwashing to reduce COVID-19 risk
The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) has published information on the provision of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) during the COVID-19 outbreak
Further FSRH guidance on COVID-19:
Clinical advice to support provision of effective contraception during the COVID-19 outbreak
Recommendation on extended use of the etonogestrel implant and 52 mg levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system during COVID restrictions
The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum (PCWHF) has produced guidance on managing contraceptive provision without face-to-face consultations to help primary care clinicians support women with their contraceptive needs during the coronavirus pandemic
RCOG has published guidance for COVID-19 infection and abortion care, as well as Q&A relating to this guidance
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a joint statement from chief executives of statutory regulators of health and care professionals