You will have seen today’s communication from London wide LMCs advising a ‘closed door policy’ in general practice and linking to further advice on their website
We thought it would be helpful to clarify the current advice on this and have included the links to Nikki Kanani’s letter (https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/preparedness-letter-primary-care-19-march-2020.pdf ) and the SOP (https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/) published on 19 March. As you can see they advise screening all patients before offering appointments, and managing as much as possible remotely via on line, telephone or video consultation, and are clear this does not mean ‘unilateral closing of practices’ doors’
We appreciate that this is a worrying time for patients and doctors and that guidance and advice may change. We will do everything we can to support you and your patients.
It is important at this time that patients continue to receive the message that primary care in London is open for business and continuing to provide services, including – in the appropriate circumstances – and when necessary and with appropriate protection – face to face services.
Director – Primary Care and Public Health Commissioning
NHSE/I London Region
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