4 Modifications to usual care

4 Modifications to usual care

4.1 Consider modifying usual care to reduce patient exposure to COVID‑19 and make best use of resources (workforce, facilities, anaesthetics, equipment and medicines) if it is safe to do so.

4.2 When modifying individual patients' treatment plans:

  • take their clinical circumstances and preferences into account

  • involve all relevant members of the multidisciplinary team in the decision

  • record the reasoning behind each decision.

Supplying medicines

4.3 Plan how to manage any disruption to normal routes for supplying medicines, such as using homecare medicines delivery services.

4.4 Prescribe usual quantities of medicines to meet the patient's clinical needs. Prescribing larger quantities of medicines puts the supply chain at risk.

4.5 Provide repeat prescriptions of oral medicines or other at-home treatments without patients needing to attend hospital.