Welcome to the new RCGP blog, where you'll find updates on a range of our activities with posts from RCGP officers, members, staff and guest bloggers.

Trainees' determination and willingness to contribute to the COVID-19 effort is shining through

A lot is expected of our trainees as they transform into ‘expert medical generalists’ but never more so than now.

Committed to safety and care in residential homes

Ensuring that the most vulnerable in our society are protected from the worst effects of COVID-19 has to be a priority for our national response and it is a simple fact that many of the most medically vulnerable in our communities live in care homes, explains RCGP Scotland Chair, Dr Carey Lunan.

Peaks, patients and GPs under pressure: support for the public and the profession

We hear the phrase ‘the peak’ on the news, referring to the highest number of COVID-19 cases in a day. Sadly, this is just one peak among many, says RCGP Wales Joint Chair Peter Saul, who suggests resources for patients and GPs to manage times when it feels overwhelming.

Routine PPE and advance care planning

An increase in non-COVID work, the importance of PPE in routine work, and making advance care planning part of the national conversation, are among topics discussed by Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of the RCGP Northern Ireland Council.

CPR and COVID-19 (coronavirus) conversations with patients

The need to consult by phone or video, to reduce spread of infection, is the reality of general practice at the moment. However, the principles that underpin these conversations remain the same - respect, dignity and compassion.

Adapting to change, maintaining continuity, meeting the challenge

We are functioning with integrity and giving new meaning to the phase ‘above and beyond’ while demonstrating flexibility to support the wider health and care system during this crisis, says RCGP Chair Professor Martin Marshall.

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