Exclusive: RCGP urges all UK practices to make Ebola preparations

The RCGP is urging all UK practices to ensure they have the name and contact numbers of their local health protection team and local infectious disease physician in readiness against Ebola.

Dr Baker: 'Please disseminate the guidance far and wide to your practice teams and any GP colleagues who may not have seen it.' Pic: RCGP
Dr Baker: 'Please disseminate the guidance far and wide to your practice teams and any GP colleagues who may not have seen it.' Pic: RCGP

Writing exclusively for GPonline, RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said: 'At the RCGP we are working closely with Public Health England - and other public health bodies in the devolved nations - to ensure that GPs and primary care professionals are kept up to date with the latest guidance.

'Currently, the risk to the UK remains low, but Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has said she expects a handful of cases by Christmas.

'Links to the most current guidance from all four countries in the UK are available on the RCGP website.

'Some immediate steps for all practices to take include:

  • Ensure you have the name and contact numbers of your local health protection team and local infectious disease physician. We suggest printing the guidance for easy access for the whole practice and write these details on the front in the space provided, and,

  • Familiarise yourself with guidance from Public Health England (PHE or equivalent authorities, including the symptoms of Ebola and keep alert for updates.'

Dr Baker added: 'It's really important that we stay ahead of the game to this one so please disseminate the guidance far and wide to your practice teams and any GP colleagues who may not have seen it.'

* Read Dr Baker's full column in your next issue of GP dated 27 October.

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