Ebola - Latest Update for General Practice
Date sent: Saturday 18 October 2014
Please refer to the latest guidance as follows:
The following link from the BMA provides the latest advice for managing the Ebola Virus (released 20.11.14): http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/gp-practices/service-provision/dealing-with-a-potential-ebola-virus-case
Public Health England (PHE) has just published their updated their Ebola guidance on managing patients who require assessment in primary care. The GPC has had regular contact with PHE in the last week and have been involved in the update of this guidance.
Email sent by Wessex LMCs, on Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 to all GPs and Practice Managers
Below is a copy of the email I have sent to all the staff in my practice
We probably have not had much hysteria locally about Ebola but it is occurring in other parts of the country.
The risk to us and our community remains small.
The geographical areas where there are serious concerns are countries in Central Africa namely:
If a patient or relative phones in and reports they or a family member is unwell and has a temperature we should ask:
1.Have they been abroad recently – if yes
2.Where was this, was it Africa? If yes
3.Which country –
What to do for patients on the telephone
Individuals that telephone the surgery and report that they are unwell and have visited an affected area in the past 21 days AND report a fever of >38°C or fever within the past 24 hours should be advised not to visit the surgery.
What to do for a patient who presents to surgery in person
Any patients that identify themselves to reception staff as being unwell and having visited a affected area in the past 21 days should not sit in the general waiting room once Ebola is considered a possibility.
These patients should be isolated in a side room and urgent clinical advice sought from a GP.
Ebola should be suspected in patients presenting to primary care services who have a fever of >38°C OR have a history of fever in the past 24 hours AND have recently visited any of the affected areas (as outlined above) within the previous 21 days.
Dr Nigel Watson
Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd
Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh
Hants. SO53 1JB (Registered Office)