NHS England says GPs to continue to refer patients to secondary care

20 April 2020

NHS England has announced that guidance will be published shortly advising secondary care to "accept and hold clinical responsibility for GP referrals", and that GPs should continue referring patients despite the current restrictions on elective care due to COVID-19.

NICE issues COVID-19 guidance on managing patients with COPD and cystic fibrosis

17 April 2020

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published more "rapid guidance" documents on maximising the safety of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, and dermatological conditions treated with drugs affecting the immune response.

NHS England guidance on vulnerable patients updated

15 April 2020

NHS England and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Chris Whitty wrote to GP practices on 3 April advising them to "disregard" previous advice on adding further patients to the register of patients most at-risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.

NICE rapid guidance on managing COVID-19 in primary care issued

13 April 2020

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new "rapid guidance" on symptom management in patients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 in the community, including at the end of life, together with specific advice on managing those with pneumonia.

Reporting COVID-19 under RIDDOR

7 April 2020

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance on when and how to report incidents of the coronavirus under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR).