Ebola guidance for GPs and primary healthcare professionals

Publication date: 17 October 2014

Ebola continues to feature widely in the news.

Public Health England continue to monitor the situation, as do the authorities in Scotland, Wales and NI.

Currently, the risk of an outbreak in the UK remains low but Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies, has said to expect 'a handful' of cases by Christmas.

The RCGP has fed into new guidance for GPs and primary care professionals in England, which has been published today.

Similar guidance is available across the devolved nations:

The assessment of a patient’s risk of Ebola should be led by the hospital medical team, but patients may present initially to primary care and therefore it is essential to be aware of how to safely assess such patients and refer them appropriately to the local acute trust for review. 

Some immediate steps to consider include that every practice should:

  • ensure that you have the name and numbers of your Local Health Protection Team and Local Infectious Disease physician to hand. We suggest that you print out the guidance for easy access for the whole practice and write these details on the front in the space provided.
  • familiarise yourself with guidance from PHE or equivalent authorities, including the symptoms of Ebola and keep alert for updates.

Public Health England also released a new CAS alert last week covering the precautions GPs should be taking, and offers advice on communicating essential information to patients.

More general information on Ebola

Weekly epidemiology updates.

The World Health Organisation have also issued this fact sheet and global news updates are available on their website.

Further Information


Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 50,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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