Coronavirus: Current information and advice
A compilation of current official UK/global advice and publications relating to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.
As part of our duty of care to members and others working on the frontline of older people's healthcare, we are sharing advice and guidance about the outbreak of coronavirus.
This information is aimed at healthcare professionals. Members of the public are advised to refer to the information on this page.
This page will be regularly updated over the coming weeks.
NHS and UK Government: General information
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Latest information and advice - Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England
Updated daily at 2pm. Covers number of cases; risk level; returning travellers; information about the virus; summary of action taken by the government; diagnosis and analysis; further information.
- NHS 111 coronavirus information and advice
Covers overview; advice for travellers; common questions. Includes an online advice questionnaire.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS Inform (Scotland)
- Public Health Wales statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated daily at 3pm.
- COVID-19 (coronavirus) - Public Health Agency (Northern Ireland)
All healthcare settings
- Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient and community care by setting, NHS and independent sector - NHS, PHE, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Downloadable and printable PDF table clarifying PPE requirements for healthcare staff in specific settings and contexts.
- Next steps on the NHS response to COVID-19 - Simon Stevens, NHS England
Letter dated 17 March to Chief executives of all NHS trusts and foundation trusts, CCG Accountable Officers, GP practices, Primary Care Networks and providers of community health services.
- COVID-19: Guidance for health professionals - Gov.uk collection
A large number of links, including Background information; Infection prevention and control; Guidance for primary care; Guidance to assist professionals in advising the general public; Guidance for healthcare providers who have staff with relevant, travel, healthcare or household contact history; Guidance for first responders.
- COVID-19: infection prevention and control - Public Health England
Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19.
- Ibuprofen use and Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
Government response clarifying that there is currently no strong evidence that ibuprofen can make coronavirus (COVID-19) worse.
- Quality Improvement Zone: COVID-19 - NHS Education for Scotland
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, members from cohort 12 of the Scottish Quality Safety Fellowship, with Hazel White from Open Change, have created visuals on 3 key topics which they hope are of benefit to others.
- NICE Critical Care Guidelines (NG159) (COVID-19) - National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
The purpose of the NICE guideline (NG159) is to maximise the safety of patients who need critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. Includes: frailty, clinical guidelines and end of life care.
- Coronavirus: Specialty guides for patient management - NHS England
Guides for various specific clinical situations including:
- Palliative care in hospital
- Trauma and orthopedics
- Critical care
- Perioperative care of people with fragility fractures
- Non-invasive respiratory support
- COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care - NICE guideline [NG159]
The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients who need critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. Includes the Critical care admission algorithm using the Clinical Frailty Scale.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): hospital discharge service requirements - Department of Health and Social Care
This document sets out how all health and care systems and providers will alter their discharging arrangements and provision of community support to enable the discharge of all patients as soon as they are clinically safe to do so.
Community, residential and social care
- COVID-19 rapid guideline: managing symptoms (including at the end of life) in the community [NG163] - NICE
The purpose of this guideline is to provide recommendations for managing COVID‑19 symptoms for patients in the community, including at the end of life. It also includes recommendations about managing medicines for these patients.
- COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: managing suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults in the community [NG165] - NICE
The purpose of this guideline is to ensure the best treatment for adults with suspected or confirmed pneumonia in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): admission and care of people in care homes - Department of Health and Social Care, Care Quality Commission, Public Health England, and NHS England
This guidance is for care homes and registered providers of accommodation for people who need personal or nursing care. It sets out how to admit and care for residents safely and protect care home staff.
- COVID-19: residential care, supported living and home care guidance - Public Health England
Official PHE advice on residential care, supported living and home care - covers how to maintain delivery of care in the event of an outbreak or widespread transmission of COVID-19, and what to do if care workers or individuals being cared for have symptoms of COVID-19.
- COVID-19: ethical framework for adult social care - Department of Health and Social Care
Guidance on ethical considerations for local authorities and adult social care professionals planning their response to COVID-19.
Coronavirus and older people (Resource series)
This resource series brings together current advice from experts within the BGS relating to older people and the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- BGS statement on the COVID-19 pandemic
The BGS has issued this statement for healthcare professionals on the particular issues that older people face in relation to the virus and the importance of maintaining high-quality patient care.
- COVID-19: Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes
The COVID-19 pandemic raises particular challenges for care home residents, their families and the staff that look after them. This guidance has been developed to help care home staff and NHS staff.
- COVID-19 and medicines advice for older people
Older people are particularly at risk from complications as a result of COVID-19 and many are likely to already be taking medication for other conditions.
- Coronavirus: Managing delirium in confirmed and suspected cases - BGS, EDA and RCPsych
This consensus advice has been drawn up by experts from the British Geriatrics Society, European Delirium Association and the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
- COVID-19: BGS statement on research for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic
Research is an essential part of the global and UK strategy and response to COVID-19. This is the British Geriatrics Society's statement on research for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- COVID-19: Geriatric basics for non-specialists
A selection of links and resources to help guide healthcare professionals working during the COVID-19 pandemic who may have little experience of geriatric medicine.
- COVID-19: Health and care staff wellbeing
Links, resources and tools to help support personal wellbeing during a particularly challenging time for the health and care workforce.
- Facing a new reality – challenges for acute care of older people (Blog)
BGS blog from Dr Mark Roberts, Consultant in Medicine for Older People and Chair of BGS Northern Ireland, on COVID-19 and implications for acute care of older people.
Royal Medical Colleges and Chartered Societies
- The RCP and COVID-19 - Royal College of Physicians
Includes RCP guidance, information from RCP on exams and CPD, and signposting to specialty-specific guidance.
- Covid-19 - Royal College of General Practitioners
Advice, FAQs and practical resources for general practice on dealing with the outbreak.
- COVID-19 (coronavirus) - Royal College of Nursing
Includes how to protect yourself, what you should expect from your employer and what to do if you have concerns, as well as general information and advice.
- Intensive Care Medicine Anaesthesia COVID-19 - Royal College of Anaesthetists
Clinical guidance for intensive care and anaesthetics in light of COVID-19.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pharmacist updates and information - Royal Pharmaceutical Society
The latest developments from the NHS and pharmacy bodies, as well as the implications for pharmacists and UK medicines supply. Includes downloadable posters and resources.
- Coronavirus - Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Information and guidance for physiotherapists about the coronavirus outbreak.
Professional and regulatory bodies
- Coronavirus information and advice - General Medical Council
Guidance for doctors and frequently asked questions from the GMC.
- Coronavirus (Covid-19): Information and advice - Nursing and Midwifery Council
Information on the regulation, the temporary register and other frequently asked questions.
- COVID-19: Information for registrants - Health and Care Professions Council
Signposts to official guidance and regulatory information.
- How we will continue to regulate in light of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) - Statutory regulators of health and care professionals
Joint statement from the GMC, NMC, HCPC and other healthcare professional regulators.
Specialist societies and associations
- COVID-19 and Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Care in Secondary Care - Association for Palliative Medicine
This guidance, intended for use in secondary care, has been prepared and collated locally by the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland.
- COVID-19: information for the respiratory community - British Thoracic Society
Information, guidance and resources to support the respiratory community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is updated as new information becomes available - please check back regularly.
- Malnutrition and COVID-19 - British Dietetic Association
A myth busting-guide to malnutrition and COVID-19 from the British Dietetic Association to support with advice and direction regarding the nutritional care of our most vulnerable.
- Joint statement on advance care planning - BMA, CQC, RCGP and CPA
DNAR and ACP for frail older people in relation to COVID-19.
Global and international
- EuGMS Task Force on COVID-19 - European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS)
Collation of hot topics, research, webinars and consensus Q&As from Europe and North America.
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak - World Health Organization (WHO)
Covers: protect yourself; your questions answered; travel advice; situation reports; media resources; technical guidance; global research.
- Rolling updates on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) - World Health Organization (WHO)
- Myth busters - World Health Organization (WHO)
Open access articles
Open access to UpToDate content for anyone seeking the latest evidence-based information.
- Intensive care: balancing risk and benefit to facilitate informed decisions. BMJ 2018;363:k4135
More efforts are needed to engage with the wider healthcare community and the public about what intensive care can—and can’t—achieve, say Jamie Gross and colleagues.