Pulse has changed its approach during the Covid outbreak, with our main focus on providing resources and guides for GPs to be able to do their jobs.
Our resources section features 70 articles arranged by topic giving readers a single area to find the documents they need, such as NHS guidance on shielded patients, and useful how-to guides, such as 3D printing your own PPE.
On the clinical side, we are focusing on the challenges GPs are facing through the pandemic, most notably through our ‘Clinical Crises’ series, which looks at how GPs can manage serious conditions – such as potential brain tumours and temporal (giant cell) arteritis - with less secondary care support. We have also begun a series on remote consulting for various conditions, which will include Covid, but also general medical problems, musculoskeletal and mental health. Finally, we will have pieces on managing seriously ill patients in the community and watching for the psychological impact of the pandemic.
We continue to report the latest hard-hitting news on PPE, the impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) doctors, shielding, testing and the wider impact on non-Covid health. This week, an exclusive Pulse survey on one in four GPs seeing patients without PPE was picked up across the national media, including the Guardian, the Times, ITV, the Sun, the Mail, the Express and the Telegraph. We also broke the exclusive story that a second trust had put its BAME staff on the ‘vulnerable’ list.
Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash has been writing and speaking about responsible reporting during the pandemic in industry magazine the Press Gazette, and on webinars run by the British Society of Magazine Editors.