GPs and practice staff call for more Ebola advice

GPs and practice staff need more regular updates and practical advice on handling a suspected case of Ebola, responses to a poll of NHS employees suggests.

Ebola virus: GPs and practice staff call for advice (Photo: Science Photo Library)
Ebola virus: GPs and practice staff call for advice (Photo: Science Photo Library)

Respondents to a poll carried out for the DH found that GPs wanted updates on countries affected by the Ebola outbreak.

The poll findings come as GPonline prepares to host a one-hour webchat on Ebola.

Join us on Wednesday 25 March from 12-1pm for a chance to put your questions to Glasgow GP Dr Caroline Holms – who volunteered in a Sierra Leone treatment centre – and Dr Nick Gent, deputy head of the Public Health England (PHE) emergency response department.

Webchat: find out how to take part

Responding to the poll, doctors and practice staff called for clear written guidelines, setting out how to protect reception staff and other patients ‘if someone came to the front desk with Ebola’.

PHE has published advice for GPs and practice staff, on Ebola infection prevention and control, as well as managing patients who need assessment in primary care.

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