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Guidance on COVID-19 issued for UK rheumatologists

Author:
Claire Barnard

medwireNews: The British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) has issued recommendations for UK rheumatologists on caring for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our advice is drawn from a number of sources, covers both adults and children, and will be updated regularly as the situation evolves,” says the guidance.

The recommendations provide information on the current risk for infection, as well as direction on treatment decisions and precautions that should be taken.

As with other medical appointments, the BSR recommends that rheumatologists should try to “remove the need for patients to attend face-to-face appointments wherever possible,” and suggests that telephone or video consultations may be appropriate alternatives.

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