COVID-19: Tools and templates

British Geriatrics Society
Date Published:
08 April 2020
Last updated: 
29 May 2020

This resource brings together tools, templates and transferable examples of materials which may be of use across a variety of clinical settings and scenarios during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Contributors have kindly given permission for BGS to share the below on the understanding that they can be downloaded and adapted for use by our members, however copyright and intellectual property remains with the original authors. If you have tool or template you would like us to share on this page, please email editor [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk

COVID-19 in the older adult

This poster was created by Dr Lara Mitchell, Consultant Geriatrician at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH), Glasgow. It covers atypical presentation of COVID-19 in older people as well as some useful considerations and advice for specialists and non-specialists alike.

Care home falls poster

This poster contains advice for care homes about what to do in the event of a fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was developed by the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG) and supported by the BGS. 

Ward round checklist

This COVID-19 ward round checklist was developed by Dr Amit Arora. It offers generic guidance for an emerging situation and clinicians must continue to use clinical judgement in responding to various situations and settings. Updates to this checklist will also be available by following the below link.

Download checklist here

Training slides

These training slides have been developed by Dr Amit Arora to assist in the delivery of COVID-19 training. This presentation was created to meet the needs of health and social care professionals in various specialties working in different settings including primary care, community care and acute care.

Download slides here

Geriatric Medicine HST Training Plan

This training plan to help maximise Geriatric Medicine Higher Specialty Training (HST) during the COVID-19 pandemic was developed by Dr Jatinder Minhas, and Dr Christopher Miller of the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Leicester Royal Infirmary. This document is designed to highlight alignment of COVID-19 specific learning opportunities with the Geriatric Medicine HST.

Treatment escalation plans

This generic Treatment Escalation Plan was developed with Dr Harnish Patel, Consultant Geriatrician at University Hospital Southampton. It is free to download and use.

View and download here


This COVID-19 update to the ReSPECT summary plan was developed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Talking to relatives

This handy visual guide to breaking bad news and having difficult conversations with relatives via telephone during the COVID-19 outbreak was developed by Dr Antonia Field-Smith and Dr Louise Robinson from the Palliative Care Team at West Middlesex Hospital, NHS Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust.

Administration of anticipatory medicines

These guidelines for the administration of anticipatory medicines by informal carers have been developed in Worcestershire and Derbyshire respectively.

Hospital rotas

This rota template was developed for Junior Doctors by Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Trust.

Care home letters

These letters to care homes and relatives of residents were sent out in Worcestershire. 

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