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Message from our Chair - Chris Humphris


We know that so many of you reading this will be working incredibly hard to contribute to the health services’ response to the Coronavirus pandemic challenge. I just wanted to let you know that on behalf of the Community Hospital Association we are thinking of you, and will do anything that we can to help you in your work.

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Statement from our GP Director - David Seamark


Recent research has demonstrated that community hospitals are greatly valued by the local community and provide safe and efficient care for patients as shown in my recent letter in the BMJ. Over the next few months the community hospitals of the UK and their staff will be ready to play their part in this unfolding pandemic.

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Whats Happening in Community Hospitals - Coronavirus


Please go to the:

Blog for examples of how community hospitals are contributing.  

News for the latest stories and developments

Forum for questions and answers with colleague

Newsletter for our latest summary of the news

..............and continue scrolling for important resources.




Resources - Coronavirus


The Resources section has been compiled by Evelyn Prodger and colleagues on behalf of the CHA.  Please let us know if you have any other resources that would be useful to members and our network.   If you would like to contact us please send an email to:  

Information is also on:        Twitter: @CommHospUK          Linkedin: Community Hospitals Association         Facebook: Community Hospitals Association




Covid Symptom Tracker


The program has been shared thousands of times via WhatsApp and other social-media platforms.   Created in just three days by researchers at Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals and King's College London university, in conjunction with the nutrition advice start-up Zoe, it has already reached 750,000 downloads and, according to its developers, is being installed at a rate of 50,000 times an hour.  The app was the brainchild of Prof Tim Spector, a genetic epidemiologist at King's College, who has specialised in the genetics and medical histories of twins for the past 25 years.Its creators aim to deliver insights into why some people get the disease more severely than others.  They also hope to create a map showing where outbreaks are happening and help distinguish cases from those of the common cold.

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GOV.UK Coronavirus app


The UK Government has launched a GOV.UK Coronavirus Information service on WhatsApp.




World Health Organisation whatsapp link for instant updates such as: latest numbers, protect yourself, your questions answered, news and press etc.  Copy and paste this link takes you to their page with details of how to join the whatsapp group.






Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created an e-learning programme in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic that is free to access, without logging in*, for the entire UK health and care workforce, including those working in the NHS, the independent sector and social care.


Up to date information on Covid 19 including latest guidance and tracker


Information and guidance


Information and guidance from the GMC


Information and guidance from the NMC


Information and Guidance from the HCPC


Information and guidance from the Royal College of GPs


Information from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society


Information from the Resuscitation Council


Information from NICE


Information from CQC




Information on the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment ReSPECT


Guidance and resources from Hospice UK


Information from the European Association for Palliative Care


Information, guidance and resources for the MDT from the Royal College of Anaesthetists


Information and guidance from the Infection Prevention Society


Information from the Social Care Institute for Excellence


Information from SIGN


Information from the National Outreach Forum  for Critical Care Outreach and Rapid Response Teams


The Royal College of Pathologists   RCPath COVID-19 resources hub


British Society of Gastroenterology   British Society of Gastroenterology COVID guidance and advice


British Thoracic Society   British Thoracic Society COVID-19 guidance for the respiratory community


Health Protection Scotland  Health Protection Scotland 


Public Health Wales   Public Health Wales 


Northern Ireland Public Health Agency  Northern Ireland HSC Public Health Agency 


Imperial College London MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis report on results of epidemiological modelling, which has informed policymaking in the UK and other countries.


Royal College of Physicians COVID-19: An expert update for doctors. Webinar. Talks start 35 minutes into recording. 


Worldometer brings together estimated current numbers based on statistics and projections from sources including the United Nations Population Division, World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. They summarise the current data on the mortality rate of



Guidance on Telemedicine using Skype





NHS Heath Education England have produced an e-learning programme which is a free programme for health & social care staff includes key materials to help the workforce respond. Content is being added regularly


Respiratory education e-learning package for COVID-19 by Gloucestershire GHNHSFT - eLearning




Global Resources



Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment - Latest Publication Lessons from China


European Centre for Disease Prevention 6th update




Research and commentary

Health Infection Society  HIS journals COVID-19 research and commentary
Lancet    Lancet COVID-19 resource centre
British Medical Journal  BMJ COVID-19 news and resources

PLOS is a nonprofit, Open Access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.    PLOS COVID-19 collection
New England Journal  New England Journal of Medicine COVID-19 collection
Journal of American Medical Association  JAMA COVID-19 network
Elsevier   Elsevier novel coronavirus information centre


More Resources:




Age UK


Action for Happiness Coping Calendar


PHE Resources including posters


NHS Confederation


Health Education England


NHS England including PPE Donning and Doffing


World Health Organisation


Alzheimer’s Society


Mental Health Organisation




Emotional support for staff