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Decisions about patients' care during COVID-19 must be made on an individual basis, says RCGP

16 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


Government announcement on testing in care homes 'encouraging first step', says RCGP

15 April 2020

Responding to the announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care that all symptomatic patients in care homes will be tested for COVID-19, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


We Support and Value GPs, says RCGPNI

15 April 2020

Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has spoken of his deep pride at the efforts of GPs working on the frontline during the Coronavirus Pandemic.


College calls for more COVID-19 testing in the community, including in care homes

14 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "In the sad case that a patient dies in the community, GPs – or any other competent individual - have the authority to state a patient's cause of death to the best of their knowledge and belief, considering the patient's medical history and symptoms. COVID-19 can be recorded as the patient's cause of death based on a reasoned clinical assessment, whether or not they have been tested for the virus.


Patients should use the NHS wisely - but not put off seeking medical help for serious health concerns unrelated to COVID-19, says College

13 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "During the pandemic, people are still living with long term conditions and becoming sick with non-COVID related illnesses, which if left undiagnosed or untreated could have very serious consequences. We have seen this happen in other pandemics.


GPs 'doing everything they can' to keep vulnerable patients safe during pandemic, says College

12 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We are in a very fast moving situation and the criteria for patients to be considered at highest risk will inevitably change as we learn more about the virus and how to manage it.


Review of GP lists for shielding vulnerable patients must be done in a practical way says College

11 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The guidance for identifying patients who are at highest clinical risk is complex, and we are concerned that GPs have been given a very tight deadline to review their lists, especially when, in many cases, this will involve large numbers of patients.


Risk of 'serious consequences' if non-COVID conditions unmanaged or untreated, warns College

09 April 2020

Commenting on the dangers of non-COVID conditions or illnesses being unmanaged or untreated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and urging patients who are seriously ill to seek medical care, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has said:


College calls for temporary relaxation of medication rules for end of life care patients during pandemic

09 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Patients rely on medication at all stages of their lives, but when they are at or nearing the end of their lives, the medication patients receive is vital to ensure they remain comfortable at what is often a very distressing time.


RCGP statement on updated advice on 'shielding' patients

07 April 2020

Commenting on updated advice on caring for vulnerable patients published by NHS England, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Thinking and evidence around COVID-19 is evolving at pace and guidance for both healthcare professionals and patients needs to be kept up to date accordingly. This is a challenge both for those developing the guidance and those expected to follow it.

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