COVID-19 and primary care

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Managing COVID-19 in General Practice

A free on-line course from St George’s University of London, designed for front-line clinicians, healthcare workers and professionals who are dealing with the large volume of patients in the current COVID-19 pandemic within primary care, is available.

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Led by experts at the hospital, it gives practical advice and support. It covers the epidemiology, clinical symptoms and signs, and current management of COVID-19 and follows the evolving situation in the UK. You will learn how to complete a safe assessment of suspected COVID-19 cases and discover the best protocol to protect yourself and others. The course will cover what you need to know and what you need to do in relation to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in primary care. Topics covered include:

  • background of COVID-19
  • current situation in the UK
  • when to suspect COVID-19 infection in primary care
  • safe assessment of suspected cases
  • infection prevention and control
  • management of acutely unwell patients
  • management of those with mild symptoms in home isolation
  • consultation tips and advice on keeping your practice running safely.

This course will also be relevant to healthcare practitioners around the globe, though the course will be based around guidance by UK public health bodies.

The St George’s course ‘Managing COVID-19 in General Practice’ is available through FutureLearn at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/management-of-covid-19-in-general-practice

A helpful flow chart from Public Health England: Management of a suspected case of COVID-19 is available at https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/publication/preparedness-letters-for-general-practice/

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