New guidance provides much-needed clarity for GPs on PPE, says RCGP

The Royal College of General Practitioners has commented on the new guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE)

Responding to new guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline clinicians, Professor Martin Marshall, chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It is crucial that healthcare professionals on the frontline of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic are confident that they are able to work as safely as possible.

“This new guidance provides much of the clarity the College has called for and it is appreciated that Public Health England and NHS England have been receptive to our concerns. It should provide GPs and their teams with much-needed reassurance around how and when to use protective equipment when they are seeing patients face to face in the best interests of their patients, their teams and themselves.

“We understand that initial stocks of PPE have been getting to GP practices, we now need to ensure that this supply is sustained throughout the pandemic, that practices start receiving new equipment recommended in the guidance such as eye protection soon, and that effective mechanisms are in place for practices to request emergency supplies, should they need them.”

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