Coronavirus: COVID-19 resources hub

This page contains the latest information available on COVID-19 relevant to the practice of pathology. We will update the documents and links on this page when we issue, or are made aware of, updated guidance or advice.

We have also setup a page for trainees, which contains the latest College guidance and advice about COVID-19 relevant to trainees, including information about training and exams, and the support and guidance available from other organisations.

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created a freely accessible COVID-19-related e-learning programme for the UK health and care workforce. The training is free to all and does not require registration or login. 

If you notice any out-of-date information, or are aware of guidance and advice that would be relevant to the membership that we do not currently list here, please contact us at covid-19@rcpath.org.

Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care provide the latest information on COVID-19 for health professionals, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.

Clinical guidance and advice

General guidance

Infection prevention and control 

  • Letter: NHS personal protection equipment, 28 March 2020

    This letter from the National Medical Director of NHS England and NHS Improvement, Medical Director and Director of Health Protection of Public Health England and the Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal College about the supply and safety of, and guidance related to, NHS personal protective equipment.

    NHSE and NHSI, PHE and AoMRC March 2020

  • COVID-19: infection prevention and control

    Guidance from Public Health England on infection prevention and control for COVID-19, including the use of personal protective equipment.

    Public Health England

  • Use of vacuum tubes in pathology – change in guidance

    The previous guidance from Public Health England regarding the use of pneumatic tubes for the transport of COVID-19 samples has been amended. The prohibition of their use for COVID-19 samples has been removed. All pathology services with pneumatic tubes should now be using this guidance.

    Health & Safety Executive

  • RCPath guidance on the use of POCT equipment in COVID-19-positive patients

    This guidance is based on documentation produced by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust for the use of point of care tests for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients. It should be adapted for local use depending on the clinical setting and range of POCT in use.

    March 2020

Histopathology specimens, sections and slides

Care of the deceased 

 Specialty specific guidance

  • COVID-19 rapid guideline: delivery of systemic anticancer treatments

    The purpose of this guideline is to maximise the safety of patients with cancer and make the best use of NHS resources, while protecting staff from infection. It will also enable services to match the capacity for cancer treatment to patient needs if services become limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

  • Recommendations for the management of patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) during the COVID-19 outbreak

    This guidance identifies treatment strategies in adults with newly diagnosed AML which reduce NHS pressure whilst preserving patient outcomes. Mindful of the pace of change these recommendations will undergo regular review and should be considered valid until 5 April 2020.

    NCRI AML Working Party March 2020

  • COVID-19 and fertility treatment: guidance for professionals

    This guidance is for all fertility professionals and has been put together in conjuction oth the British Fertility Society (BFS), the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

    Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

Operational guidance and advice

Devolved nations information

International resources

NHS letters

College conferences