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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.


GPs continue to deliver care to patients in care homes, says RCGP

06 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs are committed to delivering the best possible care to our most vulnerable patients, many of whom live in care homes, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.

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