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This online Learning Network provides members with information and support around Quality Improvement (QI), an evidence-based approach that helps primary care free up time to deliver and evaluate initiatives, and embed new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice.

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Risk of 'serious consequences' if non-COVID conditions unmanaged or untreated, warns College

Commenting on the dangers of non-COVID conditions or illnesses being unmanaged or untreated during the COVID-19 pandemic, and urging patients who are seriously ill to seek medical care, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has said:

"Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, patients of all ages, are still living with long-term health conditions and becoming sick from non-COVID-related illnesses, which if left unmanaged or untreated could have serious consequences. We have seen this happen in previous pandemics.

"GPs and our teams are still working hard to deliver care to all patients, whether related to COVID-19 or not. Like all parts of the NHS, we are currently working under pressure, but if patients are seriously ill or concerned about their health, we would encourage them to seek medical attention, either via NHS 111 or their GP – or in an emergency by calling 999.

"GP practices are working differently during the pandemic with a focus on triage systems and remote consultations to ensure patients receive the most appropriate care – but we are still seeing patients face to face, if necessary.

"Some workload prioritisation is necessary to keep general practice – and in turn the rest of the NHS – sustainable during the pandemic. As such, the RCGP is recommending tasks such as routine health checks, arranging travel vaccinations and patient admin requests be postponed. But care for people who are acutely unwell, the management of patients who have serious long-term conditions, such as cancer, asthma and diabetes, and essential preventative health interventions such as immunisation programmes will continue. The College has developed guidance to help GPs and their teams to manage this.

"COVID-19 is understandably at the forefront of everyone's mind – but GPs are here to treat people with other illnesses and conditions, as well. We would urge patients not to put off seeking medical attention for fear of over-burdening the system, or for fear of contracting the virus. Every precaution will be taken to keep them as safe as possible, should a face to face consultation be necessary."