GP access to COVID-19 test results 'essential' to manage pandemic at community level

Publication date: 01 July 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The College has called for COVID-19 test results to be updated on individual patient records in a timely manner so that GPs can take this into consideration delivering care to our patients."

"We have been assured that this is now happening, although we are aware that some GP IT systems were activated later than others, and there may be a backlog involved in updating records in some cases.

"We’re all invested in the NHS Test and Trace programme working well as we continue to try to control the pandemic. As such, it’s essential that GPs have access to high-quality, accurate and timely data in order to deliver holistic care, and effectively manage COVID-19 at a community level."

Further Information

RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7633/7574/7575
Out of hours: 020 3188 7659

Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 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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