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Guidance update 5 August: COVID jabs, long COVID, heatwave advice

A round-up of key guidance updates for GP practices.

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COVID-19 vaccination collaboration agreement

NHS England has published a new collaboration agreement for practices taking part in the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. The agreement supports the establishment of 'PCN groupings' in line with the enhanced service specification.

Download the agreement here.

Long COVID

NHS England has produced a new document to provide healthcare professionals with advice and information to help patients with long COVID. It can also be used for education sessions in primary care, NHS England has said.

The guide provides advice on assessment and referral, patient pathways, coding and links to useful resources.

Download the guide here.

Heatwave guidance

The DHSC, NHS England and the UK Health Security Agency have issued new guidance for healthcare professionals on supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave.

The guidance sets out who is at risk during severe hot weather, the effects of heat on health, medications likely to provoke or increase the severity of heatstroke and advice to provide patients at risk.

View the guidance here.

COVID-19 guidance tracker

Don't forget that our COVID-19 GP guidance tracker provides a list of guidance relating to the pandemic relevant to GP practices in an easy-to-search format. The tracker is regularly updated and you can find it here.

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