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Covid-19 Primary Care Resources


What GPs need to know about triage and treatment during the pandemic


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Our resources page on triage and treatment during Covid-19 has a series of guides for you to explore, giving you a wealth of information to support your practice.

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What you need to know to triage and assess suspected cases of Covid-19

On this page is an updated synthesis of all relevant guidance for primary care, with a list of key points and steps to take.

Reinfection

Sourced from PHE, the information on this page is aimed at supporting GPs on when to suspect SARS-CoV-2 reinfection and how to investigate suspected cases.

Symptoms and signs

This page contains updated information based on emerging evidence on symptoms and signs of Covid-19, and formal case definition and clinical features from PHE.

What are the neurological manifestations of Covid and how do they present?

Provided by Dr Michael Zandi, consultant neurologist, this overview is helpful for GPs to understand about neurological presentations of Covid-19.

What do I need to know about skin manifestations of Covid-19?

This brief guide, with advice from a consultant dermatologist at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, provides an overview of dermatological presentations in Covid infection.

What are the cardiac manifestations of Covid-19 and when in the course of the illness do these occur?

Advice from a consultant cardiologist on spotting Covid in patients who present with cardiac symptoms.

Covid Cab Service

Information sourced from Covid Crisis Rescue, a non-profit service organised and run by volunteers, on transport for patients with Covid symptoms to and from medical appointments in London.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

This page lists guidance from authoritative organisations at their differing stances on CPR and whether it is an aerosol-generating procedure.

Interstitial lung disease

A brief guide for GPs on caring for patients with interstitial lung disease, with information on shielding and specific issues if patients are unwell with Covid-19.

Chronic kidney disease

On this page is a summary of the NICE Covid-19 rapid guideline on chronic kidney disease, with information on shielding, medication, review and referral.

How should GPs approach patients reporting neurological symptoms after mild Covid infection?

On this page, you’ll find a consultant neurologist’s advice for GPs on how to manage patients with post-Covid neurological symptoms, and who should be referred to secondary care.

Should we consider giving anticoagulation to patients with increased thrombotic risk who have Covid-19?

This information is sourced from Dr Sarah Logan, consultant in infectious diseases and general medicine, on considering blood-thinners in high-risk DVT patients.

NSAIDs and Covid-19

Evidence and guidance from several resources on NSAIDs and their role in reducing acute symptoms (such as fever) and their effect on long-term Covid outcomes.

Pulse oximetry

On this page is a comprehensive overview of eligibility for home monitoring, desaturation testing, and the limitations of oximetry in some groups.

Differentiating viral Covid-19 pneumonia from bacterial pneumonia

This guide gives information and advice to help GPs to differentiate between and treat viral and bacterial pneumonia.

Safety netting

This guide details leaflets and videos to share with patients, and an overview of safety netting guidance for GPs.

How can we advise patients who have difficulty thinking clearly to approach their recovery?

Top-line advice from a consultant neurologist on supporting patients who report ‘brain fog’ after having Covid infection.

How should GPs approach a consultation with a patient complaining of ‘brain fog’ after Covid-19 infection?

This information is sourced from a consultant neurologist, and is aimed at helping GPs to manage post-Covid brain fog.

Should we have a different approach to patients with very high vascular risk who become unwell with Covid?

Advice from a consultant neurologist on optimising management of this patient cohort.

Asthma – managing exacerbations

On this page is a resource for supporting GPs with caring for asthmatic patients during Covid-19, with information on rescue packs, distinguishing asthma from Covid-19 and use of inhaled and oral steroids.

IECOPD

On this page, you’ll find information about managing exacerbations, oral corticosteroid use, and interpreting oxygen saturations when patients are unwell with Covid 19.

The Clinical Frailty Scale

This resource, from the NHS Specialised Clinical Frailty Network and NICE, outlines the importance of identifying and grading frailty using the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS) during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Post AstraZeneca vaccination headache

This information, sourced from the MHRA, Pulsetoday.co.uk, the RCGP and the University of Cambridge, gives advice about treating post-vaccination headache, when to offer a face-to-face appointment, and red flags.

Management and guidance on febrile children

This guide brings together information from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Royal College of Paediatric and Child Health (RCPCH) and the RCGP, to support GPs in their approach to possible Covid-19 infection in children.

London-wide oxygen saturation probe loan service

Sourced from the Covid Crisis Rescue service, information on this page is on the rapid pulse oximeter delivery service, which is now running 7 days a week.

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