spirometry in gp practice


i am wondering what the current guidance may be on performing spirometry in gp surgeries. one of our HCA has been informed her artp spirometry course is recommencing but we have not been perfoming routine or diagnostic spirometry on our patients yet.

artp level 2 guidance seems to suggest with extra precautions it can go ahead. anyone know what we can do and what precautions to take. i wonder if we should be  sterilising equipment between patients.  we are working safely with patients already observing social distancing / masks and wearing ppe.

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  • Hi Val

    We were told to expect something from ARTP this coming Friday. Some new recommendations, mainly covering secondary care but applicable to all settings.

    We are still not undertaking spirometry in primary care, there will be the added complication of winter soon, but diagnosis really does need to start and patients cant be sent to the labs who are already working at reduced capacity.

    Fingers crossed it really is useful and some clarity and agreement with PHE about what counts as an AGP.

    I would always try and take a joint approach with your PCN (in the old days all the CCG who can still be useful) so that there is consistency and others to support any actions you decide on.

  • thanks that's usefu,l will see what comes out on Friday. our pcn currently are not doing any . however artp have recommenced our hca's  course and the main thing she needs to complete her file is the spirometry so we were a little confused. she is emailing them but little response so far and we wondered if we had missed some info somewhere.

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  • Have just seen the ARTP updated guidance published on their website yesterday.  Look forward to some further discussion rearding implications for practice!

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