We recently asked members who have come across patients who tested positive COVID-19 to share their experiences so that other GPs could learn from them. More than 40 GPs responded, answering four questions about the severity of presenting symptoms, how ongoing care was administered, and who provided the care. We also asked about the testing process and how the GP was notified of the results.
The feedback received suggests that the symptoms are often quite mild and GPs are managing their own patients. We found there was often a need to repeat a test, with some false negatives noted in the early stages. Unfortunately, responses also indicate communication breakdowns around test result notification, which suggests GPs will need to actively follow up and manage this.
It is our hope that these shared experiences can be used to initiate peer group discussions. If you’d like to, you can read the full comments below or here.