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.

Refresh this page to access the latest updates, resources and learning.

Latest updates

NEW! - 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:
Public Health England Poster: PPE in a Clinical Context
Recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care inpatient clinical setting, NHS and independent sector.
View/Download the poster.

Public Health England Poster: COVID-19 Safe Ways of Working
This poster provides a  visual guide to safe PPE. View/Download poster.

Friday 3 April 2020:
ARTICLE: Use of Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin for treatment of COVID-19 and its relation to QTc prolongation
An editorial by Dr Alexander Tindale and Dr Shouvik Haldar on the repurposing of existing drugs with known antiviral effects for the treatment of COVID-19. Read the article...

Friday 3 April 2020:
ARTICLE: The Nightingale Hospital - By Dr Guy Lloyd
The facility, brought to operational readiness in less than two weeks, will be led by Consultant Cardiologist, Professor Charles Knight who BCS members will know well as the Chief Executive of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Read the article...

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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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

NEW! - 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

NEW! - 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…

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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.

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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.


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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.


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

Coronavirus and health

British Congenital Cardiac Association (BCCA)

Guidance for 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.

NEW - 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. …

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.

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

American College of Cardiology World Congress of Cardiology 2020

The free "ACC.20/WCC Virtual" experience will kick off on Saturday, March 28 and will offer three days of science and learning. The meeting will feature "live" access to 23 education sessions including Late Breaking Clinical Trials, Featured Clinical Research, Young Investigator Awards, and Keynotes.

Find out more

European Society of Cardiology Events 2020

These are unprecedented times that require unprecedented measures. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus and the resulting travel restrictions imposed on many physicians have required the cancellation of EHRA 2020 (29-31 March, Vienna) and ESC Preventive Cardiology 2020 (2-4 April, Malaga).

The ESC is reviewing all other upcoming congresses and events on a case-by-case basis. Any changes will be announced here. Our heartfelt best wishes go out to you and your patients.

Older articles

Thursday 2 April 2020
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP): Ethical Guidance for Frontline Staff Dealing with Pandemic
Members of the RCP’s Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine, chaired by Dr Alexis Paton, developed the guidance, which is supported by nine other Royal Colleges and five medical faculties. It takes into consideration recent joint statements from the General Medical Council (GMC), the NHS and the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers. Read the guidance...

Friday 27 March 2020:
Cardiac Injury in COVID-19 Infection
An article by Dr Gareth Barnes and Dr Shouvik Haldar on Myocardial or cardiac injury, in patients admitted to hospital with typical COVID-19 symptoms.
Read the commentary...

Friday 27 March 2020:
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology
This article explores the association between cardiac injury and patients with the Coronavirus.

Friday 27 March 2020:
British Heart Foundation: Position statement on COVID-19 & Research.
Although the full implications will take some time to become clear, we intend to address the issues that arise as sympathetically and flexibly as possible. Read the update for researchers here...

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