RCGP draws up 'common sense' GP advice on Ebola

An RCGP expert has compiled 'common sense' advice on the duties and responsibilities of all practice staff if a patient presents with Ebola-type symptoms or calls for advice.

RCGP: Euston Square headquarters
RCGP: Euston Square headquarters

Stockton-on-Tees GP Dr Simon Stockley, who has ‘a long track record in preparing for health emergencies', has drawn up guidance in a card index. The RCGP said the guidance aims to keep practice staff safe and ensure rapid treatment for patients.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘The threat of Ebola to the UK remains low but GPs and practice staff are on the front line of dealing with contagious diseases and they need to be fully aware of what steps to take in order to protect patients and themselves, should an incident or potential incident arise.

‘Dr Stockley has an impressive background in emergency preparedness and we are delighted to be working with him on such an important initiative. His guidance takes a calm, measured and common sense approach to the current situation – exactly what general practice needs.’

Guidance for patients is also included in the card index.

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