Londonwide LMCs, in collaboration with NHS London, has issued advice to GP practices, co-signed by LMCs' chief executive Dr Michelle Drage, on when to close during times of civil unrest.
The guidance advises GPs that practice closure is ‘a realistic decision for practices to make and take’ in the light of local circumstances.
The guidance says: ‘The current civil unrest has the potential to impact upon all health services, in primary and community care and in hospital.
‘The greatest impact is likely to be within the community, and a number of practices, pharmacists and community services have sought advice on actions that they should take with possible restriction or closure of services.’
If practices decide to close they must register the closure with the NHS London co-ordination centre on a confidential secure number and email address which has been sent out to the London practice.
NHS London will notify NHS Direct of any closures and practices must ensure that their out-of-hours telephone messages and websites inform patients of the closure.
Practices should also ensure that their out-of-hours services are ‘primed during the day as a contingency’ in case in-hours GP services are forced into early closure, the guidance said.
Prime minister David Cameron cut short his holiday in Tuscany today to recall parliament to discuss the three days of rioting on Thursday.
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