COVID-19 information

COVID-19 Clinicians Resource Hub

An overview of COVID-19, outlining what's currently known & the latest advice for clinicians

COVID-19 Clinicians Resource Hub

As we all work together on the front lines to best serve our patients and lead COVID-19 response planning for our institutions; sharing our knowledge, experience and learning has never been so important.

The BCS is working together with our Affiliated Societies and following Public Health England advice to provide COVID-19 clinical guidance for the UK cardiovascular community.

Reload your browser Reload browser icon to access the latest updates, resources and learning.

Latest updates

NEW! - Monday 6 July 2020:
EDITORIAL: COVID-19 and Digital Health: From bed-side manner to web-side manner
With the rapid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative solutions are required to reduce the spread of infection. Dr Amir Aziz looks at the adopting of a digital approach to care for the purpose of protecting patients and staff.


Wednesday 24 June 2020:
ARTICLE: COVID-19 kills at home: the close relationship between the epidemic and the increase of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
This research piece examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and looks into whether there is a correlation with the increased incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).


Monday 22 June 2020:
VIDEO: COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads - Dr Catherine Head


Friday 19 June 2020:
ARTICLE: Planned recovery phase of essential heart failure services during Covid-19 pandemic
A position statement from the British Society for Heart Failure


Thursday 18 June 2020:
ARTICLE: BCS Position Statement: Provision of care during COVID-19
The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) released a statement today regarding provision of care by cardiologists during the COVID-19 pandemic with specific reference to non general internal medicine (GIM).


If you have something you'd like to share,
please get in touch by completing this short submission form.

These short movies showcase the diverse experiences and viewpoints of BCS Members and colleagues throughout the UK.

With a current focus on the cardiology response to COVID-19, we welcome similar 'Talking Heads' from members. Get in touch with us at editor@bcs.com (using the subject line 'Talking Heads' ) for details of how to provide a video. To discuss the series, we encourage you to join our exclusive British Cardiovascular Society discussion group on MedShr.


Friday 12 June 2020:
VIDEO: COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads - Dr Amitava Banerjee

Monday 18 May 2020:
VIDEO: COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads - BCS President Simon Ray

Thursday 14 May 2020:
VIDEO: COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads - Vishal Luther & Balrik Kailey

Friday 8 May 2020:
VIDEO: COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads - Laura Dobson


Tuesday 5 May 2020:
COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads - Keith Pearce


Friday 24 April 2020:
COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads -  Dr Peter O'Kane


Wednesday 22 April 2020:
COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads -  Dr Sarah Hudson

Friday 17 April 2020:
COVID-19 Series: BCS Members, Talking Heads -  Dr Nav Masani

Hussein TaqiWednesday 9 June 2020:
COVID-19: Arrhythmias
Dr Hussein Taqi and Dr Azhar Farooqui outline the arrhythmias reported in COVID-19 to date and discuss some of the mechanisms underlying it, including myocardial injury, overactivation of the immune system (cytokine storm) and drug-induced QT prolongation, and additional considerations for its management.


Hibba Kurdi

Thursday 30 April 2020:
COVID-19: Impact on cardiology procedural services
Dr Hibba Kurdi provides an update with some insightful take home messages that include how COVID-19 has led to a major re-structuring of cardiac services within the UK (i.e. postponement of non-urgent elective procedures and rationalisation of acute services). The major British cardiac societies have provided guidance which has helped inform a timely update of local hospital protocols and pathways.


Ashwin RadhakrishnanFriday 17 April 2020:
A practical guide to assessment and treatment of cardiac conditions in COVID-19 patients
Dr Ashwin Radhakrishnan discusses the emerging evidence which suggests patients with cardiac comorbidities, especially systemic hypertension, appear to be particularly susceptible to COVID-19 infection and how these individuals are more likely to have a severe course of the disease.


Noor SharrackTuesday 7 April 2020:
COVID-19: Implications for Cardiologists
Dr Noor Sharrack outlines the background of the pandemic and examines the therapeutic implications.


Updates from across our community

NHS England / Scotland / Northern Ireland and Wales

- Must know information, the latest Coronavirus advice and guidance for clinicians from the NHS.
- All NHS Guidelines for Patient Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Wednesday 20 May 2020:
ARTICLE: Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 related mortality in England: a whole population study
This article is an exemplar of the power of large population based datasets applied to clinical questions. It identifies the increased risk of COVID associated death associated with diabetes but also the importance of age, ethnic group and cardiovascular co-morbidities in determining outcome.


Monday 27 April 2020:
Intensive Care Society - Knowledge Sharing Panel
COVID-19_Thromboprophylaxis and Anticoagulation of ICU patients


Monday 27 April 2020:
Our Frontline
Developed to offer mental health support to NHS workers, carers, volunteers, emergency services workers and others on the frontline. Mental health charities have come together to launch an online platform to support those working on the frontline supporting Covid-19 patients and affected communities.


NICE COVID-19 Rapid Guidance 23 April 2020

Thursday 23 April 2020:
RAPID GUIDELINE: National Institute for Healthcare and Excellence (NICE)
COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Acute Myocardial Injury


The purpose of the guideline is to help healthcare professionals who are not cardiology specialists identify and treat acute myocardial injury and its cardiac complications in adults with known or suspected COVID-19 but without known pre-existing cardiovascular disease.


Wednesday 15 April 2020
Public Health England (PHE) Emergency Department Attendance Weekly Bulletin
This is a recurring report (updated weekly) on the number of people going to emergency departments (ED) each day. It includes the number of ED attendances for all disease types for comparison. It has been useful in highlighting the major reduction in attendances for cardiac disease and myocardial ischaema.

Please note this is automatic electronic data and therefore not yet validated.  It is helpful in viewing overall trends. View the latest report...


Monday 6 April 2020
NHS Speciality Guides for Patient Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Management of Anticoagulant services during COVID-19.
Read the Guide.


Monday 6 April 2020
NHS LETTER: Indemnity for staff who are redeployed due to COVID-19
A copy of the letter sent on 2 April 2020 from NHS Resolution, NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care can be viewed here.

A Q&A of the indemnity arrangements applying to the coronavirus pandemic can be found here.
Any general queries concerning the arrangements should be directed by email to CNSC@resolution.nhs.uk.

https://resolution.nhs.uk/2020/03/19/covid-19-and-business-continuity/


Thursday 2 April 2020:
RAPID GUIDELINE: National Institute for Healthcare and Excellence (NICE)
UPDATED - COVID-19 Rapid Guideline: Critical Care in Adults 
The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients who need critical care during the COVID-19 pandemic, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to make the best use of NHS resources. On 31 March 2020, NICE amended the recommendations and algorithm to clarify when and how to use the Clinical Frailty Scale as part of a holistic assessment.


Tuesday 31 March 2020:
NHS Guidelines - Remote Working & Remote Patient Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

This clinical specialty guide is for the management of remote consultations and remote working in secondary care .


Friday 27 March 2020:
NHS Guidelines - Redeploying your secondary care medical workforce safely
This guidance supports trusts to safely redeploy their secondary care medical workforce during the prolonged major incident caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and is applicable only in exceptional circumstances. View or download.


Monday 23 March 2020:
E-LEARNING - Health Education England (HEE)
Programme created by HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic.


Monday 23 March 2020:
NHS Speciality Guides for Patient Management During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Clinical guide for the management of cardiology patients during the coronavirus pandemic


The latest UK Government Coronavirus information for Healthcare Professionals.

Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
COVID-19: guidance for health professionals

American College of Cardiology (ACC)
Visit ACC's COVID-19 Hub for more information and the latest updates.

European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
The ESC COVID-19 and Cardiology page is designed to provide you with an array of useful resources. Visit now.

Wednesday 3 June 2020:
ARTICLE: Validating QT-Interval Measurement Using the Apple Watch ECG to Enable Remote Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic
From the Journal of the American Heart Association.


NEW! - Wednesday 10 June 2020:
ARTICLE: COVID-19: From Epidemiology To Treatment
This Clinical Review provides an overview of COVID-19 and focuses on relevant aspects on prevention and management for specialists within the cardiovascular field.


Wednesday 20 May 2020:
ARTICLE: The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Incidence of Acute Myocardial Infarction
This article examines the issue of a reported decrease in the number of patients presenting to hospitals because of emergency conditions, such as acute myocardial infarction, during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Thursday 14 May 2020:
ARTICLE: Estimating excess 1-year mortality associated with the COVID-19 pandemic according to underlying conditions and age: a population-based cohort study"The medical, societal, and economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has unknown effects on overall population mortality. Previous models of population mortality are based on death over days among infected people, nearly all of whom thus far have underlying conditions. Models have not incorporated information on high-risk conditions or their longer-term baseline (pre-COVID-19) mortality." From the Lancet.


Tuesday 5 May 2020:
WEBINAR: COVID-19 and cardiovascular interventions – Current situation and future management – New experiences from across Europe
Organised by the EAPCI Education and Training committee, this webinar is designed for cardiologists specialised in interventional cardiology, and those wishing to update their scientific knowledge on the topic.


Friday 1 May 2020:
PRESS RELEASE: Irish Cardiac Society Survey confirms dramatic drop in cardiac admissions
A survey undertaken by the Irish Cardiac Society (ICS) has confirmed that the number of people presenting to hospitals with acute cornorary syndromes (heart attacks) has fallen drastically in recent weeks.


Friday 1 May 2020:
ARTICLE: COVID-19 and the cardiovascular system: implications for risk assessment, diagnosis, and treatment options
From the European Society of Cardiology's Cardiovascular Research journal.


Thursday 30 April 2020:
Current perspectives on Coronavirus 2019 (COVID‐19) and cardiovascular disease
A white paper by the Journal of the American Heart Association editors.


Friday 24 April:
ARTICLE: The COVID-19 Pandemic: A Global Natural Experiment

By Blake Thomson DPhil: American Heart Association Journals (AHA)
The worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic may be the first truly global natural experiment of the modern, ‘big data’ era. Although our actions are intended to combat a single infectious disease, they may have serious consequences for many cardiovascular and other non-communicable conditions. Read more...


Tuesday 21 April:
ARTICLE: European Society of Cardiology
2020 ESC Guidance for the Diagnosis and Management of CV Disease in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
View the article...


Monday 20 April:
VIDEO: European Society of Cardiology - COVID-19 Series
Current treatment and ongoing trials - Peter Horby. Watch...


Monday 20 April:
ARTICLE: American Heart Association
Journal of Description and Proposed Management of the Acute COVID-19 Cardiovascular Syndrome. Read...


Monday 20 April:
ARTICLE: The New England Journal of Medicine
ST-Segment Elevation in Patients with Covid-19 — A Case Series. Read...


Monday 20 April:
VIDEO: Cardiovascular Research Foundation – TCT MD COVID-19 Webcast Series
COVID 19 and Fellows: Implications on Clinical Training and Safety. Watch...


Monday 20 April:
ARTICLE: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Psychological support for staff. Read...


Tuesday 14 April 2020:
ARTICLE: European Heart Journal (EHJ)
Myocardial Localisation of Coronavirus in COVID‐19 Cardiogenic Shock. Read the case study...


Thursday 9 April 2020:
ARTICLE: European Heart Journal (EHJ) CAPACITY-COVID
A European registry to determine the role of cardiovascular disease in the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the article…


Watch Now

Wednesday 8 April 2020:
VIDEO: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Ventilator therapy in COVID-19
Important points addressed by Stephan Achenbach and Tobias Welte.
Watch now...


Wednesday 8 April 2020:
WEBINAR: COVID-19 & Cardiovascular Disease Management

Join Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC; Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC; and a panel of global experts for a conversation on COVID-19 treatment, the trajectory of the disease's impact, and how medical professionals can combat burnout during these challenging times. Register Here


Tuesday 7 April 2020:
ARTICLE: The Variety of Cardiovascular Presentations of COVID-19
By Fried et al. in the American Heart Association Journals (AHA). Read the article...


Watch Now

Friday 3 April 2020:
VIDEO: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Barbara Casadei and Garret FitzGerald discuss COVID-19 and cardiovascular drugs
Watch now...


Watch Now

Friday 3 April 2020:
VIDEO: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Surviving COVID-19 as a patient and a researcher. Important points addressed by Aldo Maggioni
Watch now...


Thursday 2 April 2020:
ARTICLE: Young Cardiologist in the Eye of the Storm -
By Dr. Gonzalo Luis Alonso Salinas. Madrid Spain.
..."I am a 32-year-old cardiologist with a focus on heart failure, but one day Pepe Zamorano said to me, “from tomorrow you will also need to take care of COVID patients”. So today, during the current crisis, I am primarily a COVID doctor. No doubt, my life changed immediately." Read the article...


Watch Now

Tuesday 31 March 2020:
VIDEO: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Barbara Casadei, ESC President and Alida Caforio address important points on: Cardiac complications in COVID-19: myocarditis. Watch now...


Friday 27 March 2020:
ARTICLE: American College of Cardiology - COVID-19 & Cardiovascular Disease
Investigators review and summarise the rapidly evolving data regarding evidence linking COVID-19 with increased morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease. Ready the study.


Watch Now

Tuesday 24 March 2020:
VIDEO: European Society of Cardiology (ESC)
Barbara Casadei, ESC President, shares two very important messages on COVID-19 and the treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. Watch now...


The latest from our Affiliated Societies

Friday 19 June 2020:ARTICLE: Planned recovery phase of essential heart failure services during Covid-19 pandemic
A position statement from the British Society for Heart Failure


Friday 29 May 2020:
Retention of cardiac rehabilitation services during the COVID-19 pandemic
A joint position statement from the British Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR) British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) British Heart Foundation (BHF)


Tuesday 19 May 2020:
VIDEO: BHRS: Living with COVID - challenges and benefits of changes
Dr Howard Marshall meets with Prof Franciso Leyva and Prof Mauro Biffi and explores the issues affecting the Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, UK in light of the recent COVID pandemic and draws parallels with Italian experiences from Dr Biffi.


Monday 27 April 2020:
VIDEO: Cardio Webinars During COVID-19
Developed by London NW Thames trainees Dr Vishal Luther (@vish_luther) & Dr Balrik Kailey (@balrik).

To request access to the live webinars/Q&A, Twitter users should Direct Message @CardioWebinar for a one-time Zoom ID/Password to ALL sessions. Alternatively, please email cardiowebinar@gmail.com. Webinars will be uploaded to the British Junior Cardiologists' Association video gallery.


Monday 27 April 2020:
VIDEO: Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) Learning Bites
Learning Bite 5 -Practical considerations around the diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure, during the COVID-19 crisis. With Dr Jim Moore, PCCS President. Watch now…


Monday 20 April 2020:
VIDEO: Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) Learning Bites
Learning Bite 4 - Treatment of Hypertension in Primary Care in a time of COVID-19.
With Dr Matt Fay. Watch now…


Monday 20 April 2020:
VIDEO: Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) Learning Bites
Learning Bite 3 - Assessment of Hypertension in Primary Care in a time of COVID-19.
With Dr Matt Fay. Watch now…


Wednesday 15 April 2020:
British Heart Valve Society
BHVS has issued advice for both patients and doctors/HCPs. Read the statement...


Tuesday 14 April 2020:
VIDEO: Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) Learning Bites
Learning Bite 2 - COVID-19 and Diabetes.
With Beverley Bostock. Watch now…


Tuesday 14 April 2020:
VIDEO: Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS) Learning Bites
Learning Bite 1 - Maintaining anticoagulation efficacy and safety during the COVID-19 crisis, should I be switching my warfarin patients to a DOAC? With Helen Williams. Watch now…


Tuesday 14 April 2020:
British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS)
BHRS Statement on Deactivation and Removal of ICDs and Pacemakers Post Mortem during COVID Pandemic.
Read the statement...


Friday 10 April 2020:BSH Letter to members: Retention of Essential Heart Failure Services during COVID-19 Pandemic
The British Society for Heart Failure (BSH) has today released a statement to accompany its recent infographic video.
It is endorsed by British Cardiovascular Society (BCS), Primary Care Cardiovascular Society (PCCS), The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Alliance for Heart Failure.


Thursday 9 April 2020:
British Society for Heart Failure (BSH)
A message from BSH on Heart Failure Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic. This page includes an infographic and other Important information for primary and secondary care. View infographic...


Monday 6 April 2020:
BCS, BCIS & BHRS Letter to Members: PHE Updated Guidance on PPE
Public Health England (PHE) has now produced updated guidance on recommended PPE, endorsed by the four Chief Medical Officers. BCS, BCIS and BHRS would like to offer some guidance that interprets these principles in the context of cardiology-specific scenarios. Read the statement...


Friday 3 April 2020:
Association for Inherited Cardiac Conditions (AICC)
The AICC wish to provide some guidance for its members in advising their patients with ICCs about COVID-19. This advice is consistent with that submitted to Specialist Commissioning and expected to be available on-line from NHS England and through 111. Read the guidance here.


Wednesday 1 April 2020:
British Society for Heart Failure (BSH)
The BSH has written to NHS and PHE to formally request that symptomatic heart failure patients be recognised by the government as an extremely vulnerable group who should be shielded... if they catch coronavirus. Read the letter.


Monday 30 March 2020:
British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BACPR)
Guidance Regarding Provision of Cardiac Rehabilitation Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Read the statement...


Wednesday 25 March 2020:
UKMCS & BCS Joint statement on risk assessment of pregnant women with heart disease during COVID-19
Background and scope: Public Health England has included pregnant women with ‘significant heart disease’ in the group defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID 19 and advised that they should be shielded for at least 12 weeks. Read the statement..


Tuesday 24 March 2020:
BCS & BCIS Joint statement regarding cardiology services during COVID-19
The statement released yesterday by the two societies, provides commentary on the the latest NHS England specialty guidance on the provision of cardiology services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more...


Watch NowMonday 23 March 2020:
VIDEO: British Junior Cardiologists Association (BJCA)
Emergency echocardiography by Dr Nina Karia.
How to handle a probe in the acute situation.
Watch Now...


Monday 23 March 2020:
Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT)
Guidance for Use of Cardiac Computed Tomography Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic


Monday 23 March 2020:
British Society of Echocardiography
UPDATED Clinical guidance regarding provision of echocardiography during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Monday 23 March 2020:
British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS)
BHRS has a dedicated page for members. It includes latest guidelines, ideas and policies on COVID-19.

Clinical perspectives and insights from the front line

Thursday 23 April 2020:
ARTICLE: JACC Journal - COVID-19 for the Cardiologist
A Current Review of the Virology, Clinical Epidemiology, Cardiac and Other Clinical Manifestations and Potential Therapeutic Strategies.


Tuesday 21 April 2020:
ARTICLE: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Tackling COVID-19: are the costs worth the benefits?
"It is hard to write about the economics of covid-19 while we are grappling with such an unprecedented global emergency. But questions are being voiced...about the cost effectiveness of the measures being used to tackle the disease." By John Appleby, Director of Research and Chief Economist, The Nuffield Trust.


Tuesday 7 April 2020:
ARTICLE: British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation after hospital admission with COVID-19
..."In a pandemic, ways of working and risk assessment must change." By Zoë Fritz, consultant physician, The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS), and Gavin D Perkins, professor, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School


Monday 6 April 2020:
ARTICLE: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology
Personal Risk and Societal Obligation Amidst COVID-19
…”As the pandemic swells, I have reassessed my own risk as a frontline clinician with a preexisting lung condition.” By Cynthia Tsai, MD, University of California.


Friday 3 April 2020:
Giving Teamwork a New Meaning - By Prof. Jose Luis Zamorano, ESC Vice President
..."Patients only come into the hospital after their teleconference in extreme situations – around two patients per day. We keep this to a minimum because we need to cut the spread of infection. But it’s also worth noting, most patients don’t want to come to the hospital these days". Read more..


Tuesday 31 March 2020:
REPORT: The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)
This special report looks at Renin–Angiotensin–Aldosterone System Inhibitors in Patients with COVID-19.
Read the report...


Monday 30 March 2020:
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology
A Review of: Potential Effects of Coronaviruses on the Cardiovascular System. Read the review...


Monday 30 March 2020:
ARTICLE: The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM)
What is the efficacy of standard face masks compared to respirator masks in preventing COVID-type respiratory illnesses in primary care staff? Read the full article…


Watch Now

Monday 30 March 2020:
VIDEO: Medscape
COVID-19: Reconfiguration of Cardiac Services and Delivery of Cardiovascular Care.
Watch now...


Monday 30 March 2020:
ARTICLE: European Heart Journal

Life-threatening cardiac tamponade complicating myo-pericarditis in COVID-19. Read more...


Watch Now

Friday 27 March 2020:
Heart Podcast & Blog: Cardiologists & Coronavirus
Looking after ourselves and each other so we can continue to look after patients
Listen online now... OR Read the blog...


Thursday 26 March 2020:
COVID-19 and the Heart: Insights from the Front Lines
As COVID-19 cases go global, a picture is emerging as to its CV impact and how cardiologists in hard-hit regions are coping. Read more.


Friday 20 March 2020:
COVID-19: Reflections after a meeting with Colleagues.
By Rob Wright, Consultant Cardiologist & RCP Censor


Friday 20 March 2020:
COVID-19 Experience from Veneto, Italy.
By dott. Daniele Prati.

NHS

For information on the public information campaign visit nhs.uk/coronavirus.


Arrhythmia Alliance (AA)

26 March 2020: Arrhythmia Alliance, AF Association and STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures) have seen a huge increase in enquiries from patients and carers with concerns about their specific arrhythmia and how COVID-19 (coronavirus) might affect their condition and medication/device. Please do not hesitate to call our dedicated helpline or email – we are here to help and reassure you. Contact details and further advice are in the newsletter.


BHF

Coronavirus and You hub

Coronavirus: what it means for you if you have heart or circulatory disease

Coronavirus and health

The NHS is not too busy to save your life


British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA)

NEW - Friday 19 June 2020: Practical guidance for patients, carers, charities and support groups

Guidance for vulnerable groups with congenital heart disease

Guidance for extremely vulnerable groups with congenital heart disease


Heart UK - The Cholesterol Charity

Information for GP's and prescribers on how best to manage cholesterol during the coronavirus pandemic

Resuscitation Council UK
Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Guidance during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.
Dr Andy Lockey, Vice-President of Resuscitation Council UK, issues the latest guidance for what you should do if someone has an out of hospital cardiac arrest during the COVID-19 outbreak. Over 30,000 people in the UK have a cardiac arrest out of hospital each year - if someone has one near you, they need you. Learn what to do here.

EE offer: Unlimited data for NHS workers until 9 October

NHS workers on an EE pay monthly plan are eligible for unlimited mobile data until 9 October

Visit EE to register...


Free Gillete Razor for NHS Frontline Staff

As a result of the outbreak, UK NHS frontline staff in patient facing roles around the country are being asked to consider shaving facial hair to ensure respirator masks fit tightly against the face. If you are choosing to do this, Gillete wants to do a small part to support you so is offering a razor to all frontline NHS staff who are choosing to shave.

Visit the Gillete website to claim...


Facial Hairstyles and Filtering Facepiece Respirators - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Some of you may also wish to segue (if you've not already seen it) to this newly resurfaced CDC infographic from 2017. It shows 36 potential facial hair looks on men (some of which are unknown to even the savviest barbers) in order to demonstrate how beards, mustaches, and even sideburns can interfere with the face masks.


Free Rides & Free Meals from Uber

To help keep the NHS and HSC on the move, we’re committing 200,000 free rides to and from work, which will be available to all staff with a valid NHS or HSC email address. To make sure the rides and Uber Eats meals go as far as possible, you’ll be able to claim up to 10 rides and 5 meals per week.

Visit the Uber website to get the latest codes.


50% Discount from LEON

Healthy fast food chain Leon is offering NHS staff 50% off food delivery. They announced the discount on their Instagram where they wrote: ‘We want to help (NHS workers) with 50% off, and support those who work in hospitals near to LEON restaurants with free food deliveries.’ Find out more..


50% Discount on Takeaway Food for NHS Staff at Pizza Hut

Simply show your work ID upon collection and enjoy 50% Off Takeaway Food.
https://www.pizzahut.co.uk/restaurants/offers/nhs-discount/ …


Supermarket and grocery shopping - Key worker priority and shopping hours.

Supermarket measures for NHS and social care staff
Asda and Morrisons to offer 'NHS staff only' shopping hours


Health Service Cashback Card
To everyone in the health service right now – front line, back office, volunteers – thank you. You give more than anyone could ask. We know you won’t be thinking about saving money on summer holidays and city breaks. So we’re working with our partners to bring you some relief with the day to day.

https://healthservicediscounts.com/support


Crosstown doughnuts are inviting the public to purchase donations for NHS workers. They are then packaging and delivering them to the following NHS organisations, with a view to expanding further if all goes well.

Royal Free Hospital
Guy’s Hospital
St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Great Ormond Street Hospital
St Thomas’Hospital
Royal London Hospital

Older articles

Friday 12 June 2020:
WEBINAR: Restarting cardiology services in the COVID-19 era
BCS President Simon Ray will join an expert panel in this free webinar organised by the British Journal of Cardiology to discuss how we can optimally restart cardiology services in the COVID-19 era. This free webinar is for healthcare professionals only and will be eligible for 1.5 CPD/CME credits through BJC Learning.

Thursday 18th June 2020
18.00 - 19.30 BST (GMT +1)
Log-in available from 17.30 BST


Tuesday 2 June 2020
GUIDANCE: NHSE&I Guidance on screening of patients and staff for cardiology services
The BCS today shared a guidance document with members regarding the NHS England and NHS Improvement | NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) operating framework for urgent and planned services during COVID-19 which sets out some broad guidance on the screening of both patients and staff.


Monday 18 May 2020:
ARTICLE: Acute heart failure in multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) in the context of global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic
"Children may experience an acute cardiac decompensation due to severe inflammatory state following SARS-CoV-2 infection (multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children - MIS-C). Treatment with immune globulin appears to be associated with recovery of left ventricular systolic function." From the Journal of the American Heart Association.


Monday 18 May 2020:
ARTICLE: Reduction of hospitalizations for myocardial infarction in Italy in the COVID-19 era
"Admissions for AMI were significantly reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic across Italy, with a parallel increase in fatality and complication rates. This constitutes a serious social issue, demanding attention by the scientific and healthcare communities and public regulatory agencies." From the European Heart Journal.


Thursday 14 May 2020:
ARTICLE: Estimating excess 1-year mortality associated with the COVID-19 pandemic according to underlying conditions and age: a population-based cohort study
"The medical, societal, and economic impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has unknown effects on overall population mortality. Previous models of population mortality are based on death over days among infected people, nearly all of whom thus far have underlying conditions. Models have not incorporated information on high-risk conditions or their longer-term baseline (pre-COVID-19) mortality." From the Lancet.


Wednesday 13 May 2020:
ARTICLE: Delivering healthcare remotely to cardiovascular patients during COVID-19: A rapid review of the evidence
"Although attention is focused on addressing the acute situation created by the COVID-19 illness, it is imperative to continue our efforts to prevent cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, particularly during a period of prolonged social isolation which may limit physical activity, adversely affect mental health and reduce access to usual care." From the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.


Read more in the Resource Hub Archive...

This website is developing. If you are a clinician and you
find an error or have something you'd like to share, please get in touch
by completing this short submission form.