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Ebola - Latest Update for General Practice

Date sent: Saturday 18 October 2014

Update 30.12.14

Please refer to the latest guidance as follows:

Supplementary Guidance Preparing for Ebola in Primary Care Frontpage

Supplementary Guidance Action for Practices

Supplementary Guidance Practical Patient Management

Supplementary Guidance Staff Protection

Supplementary Guidance Cleaning and Decontamination

Supplementary Guidance Screening People from an Affected Country

Update 24.11.14

The following link from the BMA provides the latest advice for managing the Ebola Virus (released 20.11.14):

Update 22.10.14

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. 

Guidance for general practice


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:



·Sierra Leone

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 –

See below:

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.


Best wishes


Dr Nigel Watson

Chief Executive

Wessex LMCs

Churchill House, 122-124 Hursley Rd

Chandler's Ford, Eastleigh

Hants. SO53 1JB (Registered Office)

Tel: 02380253874

Mobile: 07825173326


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