Specialty-specific guidance on aspects of clinical care and treatment for COVID-19

The links below contain advice from specialty societies solely on aspects of clinical care and treatment during the COVID-19 epidemic.

We are providing these links as part of our support to members seeking specialty advice for specific medical conditions, particularly those outside their own specialty. The situation is a fast-evolving one, and while we will aim to keep the links up to date, we would recommend you bookmark the advice pages of the specialties of most interest to you. 

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See Professor Andrew Goddard's latest coronavirus Facebook Live below, where he responds to the issues being raised with us by members.

    Identifying and helping to protect patients most at risk from COVID-19

    The Royal College of Physicians has worked with the Chief Medical Officer for England and several specialist societies to identify and help protect those patients most at risk from COVID-19 who are being asked to undergo strict self-isolation for 12 weeks or longer because they are immunosuppressed. The societies have each produced guidance to support identification of patients and a template letter suitable for contacting patients most at risk.

    Guidance on implementing the NICE critical care guideline

    The RCP has brought together many national health bodies to produce an online resource supporting the implementation of the NICE COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care in adults (NG159). The website aims to provide information for patients, relatives, carers and professionals to support good practice in the critical care of patients with COVID-19. 

    https://www.criticalcarenice.org.uk/

    Other clinical advice

    CPR, personal protective equipment and COVID-19

    We are aware that healthcare workers are facing difficulties accessing the right PPE for caring for people with suspected or know COVID-19. It is important that we all follow the guidance of the Resuscitation Council UK: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-healthcare-resources/

    In particular, do not begin CPR on a patient with suspected or known COVID-19 until you are wearing at least the locally/nationally agreed minimum level of PPE.

    For the latest government advice relating to COVID-19 and other important guidance, please visit our main COVID-19 webpage.