COVID-19: guidance for primary care

Advice for primary care professionals dealing with patients with suspected COVID-19.

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Primary care professionals can use this information to reduce the risk of spread of infection during and following consultation with a suspected case of COVID-19.

There may be further information specific to each country in the United Kingdom, as this guidance was written by Public Health England primarily for an English health professional audience. To see if country specific information is available, please refer to Health Protection Scotland, Public Health Wales, or Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland.

Published 21 January 2020
Last updated 19 March 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance in consultation with NHS England (NHSE).

  2. Updated to reflect stay at home guidance.

  3. Updated specified countries and areas.

  4. Updated 'Actions to take' regarding use of surgical face masks.

  5. Updated the section 'Actions to take'.

  6. Change to relevant travel history: now China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, or Thailand.

  7. Updated terminology for novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

  8. Replaced Wuhan City with "mainland China, not including Hong Kong and Macao".

  9. Added advice on cleaning of primary care premises following a possible case.

  10. First published.