COVID-19

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RCGP RSC COVID-19 Surveillance

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, we have been working closely with Public Health England (PHE) and other national bodies to closely monitor and make plans to deal with any situation that may develop in the UK. A vital part of that will be to monitor the number of suspected COVID-19 cases in the community in a timely way. PHE has commissioned the RCGP Research Surveillance Centre to incorporate monitoring of COVID-19 into its virology surveillance scheme.

Please also refer to local guidance:

England       Wales       Scotland      Northen Ireland

Visit the Center of Evidence-Based Medicine web page for evidence synthesis and dissemination to support the current COVID-19 pandemic

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RCGP RSC COVID-19 Observatory

We now have an observatory to track Coronavirus (COVID-19, also known as 2019-nCov).
For this observatory to work, it is vital that practices code information correctly. Please see further details about coding below.

COVID-19 Observatory (Weekly return)

Recording essential information in General Practice – advice for all general practices – including all RCGP RSC general practices

Our guidelines for recording essential information related to COVID-19 can be downloaded below.

COVID-19 clinical flowchart with optimal SNOMED-CT codes
PROMPT CARD 1: Covid-19 coding advice for reception/triage team
PROMPT CARD 2: Advice for staff responsible for Covid-19 coding
PROMPT CARD 3: Coding for Covid-19 outcomes

In ENGLAND, NHSE have now set up a PPE supply and distribution helpline. If you are experiencing shortages then you can contact 0800 915 9964 /0191 283 6543 or email: supplydisruptionservice@nhsbsa.nhs.uk this service is operating 24/7.

FAQs related to COVID-19 Surveillance
If you have any questions, please check our FAQs prior to emailing the PLO team

Ordering materials
We are no longer able to receive material requests through the PLO email account.
Could you kindly order materials using the link below, and ensure all fields are complete.
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How to install flu template

EMIS practices:
Please find instructions (video) here: Link

The EMIS protocol and template can be accessed from ‘Key Documents’ at: https://clininf.eu/index.php/influenza-virology-scheme/

This protocol was made by Will Newman from ELS Consulting Associates. Having previously worked for EMIS and currently working as a Consultant Clinical Systems Project Manager across Surrey Heartlands. Will is passionate and enthusiastic about helping frontline workers like yourselves to get the most out of the system.

TTP practices:
The flu swabbing template and protocol are available on the SystmOne Resource Library and can be downloaded and published for use by SystmOne practices.

You can find these resources by accessing the Resource Library via the ‘System’ menu and search using the term RCGP. Practices are welcome to download and publish these resources locally but must ensure they are fit for purpose and support local processes.  

1. C&P RCGP Influenza Vaccination – View
2. C&P RCGP Data entry template – Template
3. C&P RCGP Flu Swab word letter template
4. C&P RCGP Flu Swab protocol

Please note that this was kindly developed by Peterborough Primary Care Trust.

COVID-19 ontology
Status Semantic tag SNOMED CT ConceptID Term
Definite Clinical finding 1240581000000104 SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) detected
Definite Situation 1300721000000109 COVID-19 confirmed by laboratory test
Definite Substance 1240391000000107 Antigen of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Definite Substance 1240411000000107 Ribonucleic acid of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Probable Disorder 1240751000000100 COVID-19
Probable Situation 1300731000000106 COVID-19 confirmed using clinical diagnostic criteria
Probable Disorder 1240561000000108 Encephalopathy caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2)
Probable Disorder 1240571000000101 Gastroenteritis caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (disorder)
Probable Disorder 1240531000000103 Myocarditis caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2)
Probable Disorder 1240521000000100 Otitis media caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2)
Probable Disorder 1240551000000105 Pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2)
Probable Disorder 1240541000000107 Infection of upper respiratory tract caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (disorder)
Probable Disorder 186747009 Coronavirus infection
Possible Situation 1240761000000102 Suspected COVID-19
Possible procedure 1240451000000106 Telephone consultation for suspected severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2
Possible Situation 700217006 Suspected coronavirus infection
Possible Event 1240431000000104 Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infection
Possible Event 1240441000000108 Close exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) infection
Possible Procedure 1240471000000102 Measurement of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 antigen
Possible Procedure 1240511000000106 Detection of SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) using polymerase chain reaction technique
Possible Procedure 1320971000000102 Taking of swab for SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2)
Possible Situation 1321031000000105 Self-taken swab for SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) completed
Possible Situation 1321041000000101 Self-taken swab for SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) offered
Possible Situation 1321051000000103 Swab for SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) taken by healthcare professional
Excluded Clinical finding 1240591000000102 SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) not detected
Excluded Situation 1321111000000101 COVID-19 excluded by laboratory test
Excluded Situation 1321101000000103 COVID-19 excluded
Excluded Situation 1321121000000107 COVID-19 excluded using clinical diagnostic criteria