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RCGP guidance on workload prioritisation during COVID-19 outbreak

The RCGP has produced guidance on workload prioritisation for practices during the COVID-19 outbreak, which spells out the work that practices can stop for the time being.

GPs can stop non-urgent paperwork (Picture: Getty Images)
GPs can stop non-urgent paperwork (Picture: Getty Images)

The guidance, which is available here, is designed to be read in conjunction with guidance from the BMA here.

The RCGP guidance uses a traffic light system to set out what practices should continue regardless of the scale of the outbreak (green), what they should continue if capacity allows (amber) and what they can postpone and revisit when the outbreak ends (red).

What work can practices stop?

  • Mild sef-limiting illness and worried well - they should be advised to use NHS Choices or local pharmacies
  • Coil checks/changes - consider starting the progesteron only pill as an interim measure
  • Ring pessaries
  • Minor surgery
  • Travel vaccinations, insurance reports, medicals, non-urgent paperwork, DVLA examinations
  • Ear syringing

Read the full guidance

Detail of all coronavirus guidance relevant to GP practices

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