New guidance provides much-needed clarity for GPs on PPE, says College

02 April 2020

Responding to new guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline clinicians, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It is crucial that healthcare professionals on the frontline of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic are confident that they are able to work as safely as possible.

RCGP clarification on the use of Roth scores in the assessment of patients with potential COVID-19

02 April 2020

The Royal College of GPs has been working with University of Oxford regarding developing guidelines for general practitioners during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Roth score was initially thought to be a useful approach to assessing patients remotely. However upon further analysis, it is not considered to have the necessarily reliability by itself.

Joint statement on advance care planning

01 April 2020

The importance of having a personalised care plan in place, especially for older people, people who are frail or have other serious conditions has never been more important than it is now during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

Community health and care leaders call on the Cabinet Secretary to take urgent action to protect those caring for the most sick and vulnerable during Coronavirus

30 March 2020

Organisations representing the community health and social care workforce across Scotland have today written jointly to the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to call for urgent action to be taken to protect those caring for the most sick and vulnerable within communities across Scotland during the coronavirus pandemic.

Covid-19 testing for frontline NHS staff will ensure GPs can provide care when they are well, says RCGP

28 March 2020

The RCGP has responded to the Government's launch of coronavirus tests for frontline NHS staff.

Royal Colleges call for rapid deployment of PPE and testing of workers across all levels of healthcare system

27 March 2020

Healthcare workers from domiciliary care to intensive care should be given the appropriate quantity and level of personal protection equipment (PPE) and rapid access to testing in readiness for Northern Ireland's Covid-19 surge.

RCGP demands clarity from Health Secretary on protective equipment for frontline GPs

26 March 2020

Chair of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Martin Marshall has written to Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, demanding urgent clarity for GPs around how and when to use the personal protective equipment they are receiving when seeing patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Doctors welcome measures to support frontline healthcare workers

20 March 2020

Senior medical leaders in Northern Ireland have welcomed measures to support health professionals working on the frontline in hospitals, GP surgeries, emergency departments and community healthcare settings announced by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and Health Minister Robin Swann (19 March 2020).

RCGP calls for priority COVID-19 testing for healthcare professionals

19 March 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The College has been making a strong case that COVID-19 testing for healthcare professionals should be a priority. We know there are a significant number of healthcare colleagues who are following official advice and self-isolating, and only able to perform limited clinical tasks to support their colleagues. Testing would clarify whether they are safe to return to frontline patient care, where we know many would prefer to be.

College events postponed

18 March 2020

The College has decided to postpone all events from now until 12 June. This includes the Spring General Meeting which had been planned for 15 May. The situation is fast-changing and in light of most recent government guidance, we have taken this decision to enable GPs to concentrate on the delivery of patient care during a period in which the NHS and its staff will be under increasing pressure.

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