Emergencies in Primary Care

Dorset GP Centre are offering workshops on ‘The practical management of emergencies in primary care’.

Please contact Nicky Adams via email if you would like to book a workshop:  nadams@bournemouth.ac.uk

As GPs, we have a responsibility to provide emergency care in the community and the GP Centre has recognised there is a need for training to ensure clinicians’ skills are kept up-to-date. Mandatory Basic Life Support (BLS) training does not prepare us for the more commonly encountered  peri-arrest situations, and consequently this is an area where GPs can lack confidence (Ramanayake et al., 2014).

The aim of these workshops is to up-skill primary care clinicians in managing emergencies that could occur in GP surgeries. We use simulation based training in community environments where emergencies actually occur creating ‘real-life’ scenarios. Clinicians are given opportunities to practice using their own equipment and medication, and be confident managing emergencies within their surgeries. This is particularly important for time critical illnesses where delays can have a direct impact on morbidity and mortality.

Ramanayake et al (2014). Management of Emergencies in General Practice. Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, 3(4), 305-308.


Feedback from participants

“This was brilliant”

“I learnt lots and everything was useful”

“I hope this can be done regularly as it will make a huge difference to patient care”

“Excellent … life-like to make more memorable”

“Relevant practicalities – this made teaching so much more tangible”.


Useful algorithms Resus Council (UK)



ABCDE approach

Anaphylaxis – including summary algorithm





What emergency equipment and medication should GPs have?

What emergency medicines should be available to GPs in their practices and in the doctors home visit bag?  CQC November 2018

What should doctors carry in their bag?

Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance: Primary care – Quality standards for CPR practice and training

Resuscitation Council (UK) guidance: Primary care- Minimum  equipment and drug lists for CPR


Useful podcasts

Paediatric and adult BLS/ALS


These workshops can be provided free of charge to surgeries (via pharmaceutical sponsorship) or be provided at a cost. Please email us at nadams@bournemouth.ac.uk for more details.


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