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The COVID-19 outbreak presents a significant challenge for the world.

The FFLM is closely monitoring the situation and developing practical resources and support for Healthcare Professionals.

The following documents have been produced to provide guidance:

Publication Version Number Latest Update
Key principles for intimate clinical assessments undertaken remotely in response to COVID-19
1 08 July 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic & SARCS: A guide for the Police 2 22 May 2020
Template for Step by Step Guidance for Face to Face FMEs of SARC clients during COVID-19 pandemic
2 17 November 2020
Template for Step by Step Guidance for SARC FMEs conducted entirely remotely via telephone or videoconferencing during COVID-19 pandemic 3 18 November 2020
SARC Requests for Forensic Medical Examination during COVID-19 Pandemic 6 22 May 2020
Position Statement on the Management of suspected COVID-19 cases in police custody 11 04 November 2020
SARC COVID-19 Screening and Triage Tool 5 17 November 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on FME Case Management covering letter 2 14 November 2020
Patient leaflet – collection of a self-taken anal swab 3 14 May 2020
Patient leaflet – collection of a self-taken vaginal swab 3 14 May 2020
Patient leaflet – collection of a self-taken penile swab 1 14 May 2020

These will be updated as the situation develops but things are extremely fast moving so please make sure you are using the latest version.

The archived versions of these documents can be accessed here.

If you have any questions, please contact forensic.medicine@fflm.ac.uk.


In relation to PPE, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been working closely with NHS England to feedback any issues.

The RCP has an online form to collate issues so that these can be resolved ASAP.  Please use this form if you are unable to access appropriate PPE for your role.

Decisions taken by FFLM so far

Cancellation of the FFLM Annual Conference May 2020
Virtual meetings and courses until the end of December 2020
Virtual FFLM Annual Conference May 2021


External Websites

Although MLAs and DLAs are probably already giving advice to colleagues about the virus, there is advice to doctors and dentists on the British Medical Association, British Dental Association and Government websites (listed below). There are also links to other major websites with the most current information available. 

Government Websites

UK Government COVID-19 website
COVID-19 list of guidance from UK Government
Welsh Government COVID-19 website
Scottish Government COVID-19 website
Northern Ireland Department of Health COVID-19 updates
US National Institute on Drug Abuse: COVID-19 Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders


NHS Websites

NHS England and NHS Improvement Coronavirus guidance for clinicians
NHSX – Information Governance 
Public Health Wales Information
Health Protection Scotland COVID-19 website
Northern Ireland Public Health Protection Agency website


Other Useful Links

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges COVID-19 section
British Dental Association
British Medical Association
British Sign Language translation of Covid-19 Information
BMJ COVID 19 remote consultations – Visual Summary
Coronavirus and GMC 
Doctors of the World Coronavirus advice for patients in 21 languages
Domestic abuse during COVID letter to NHS staff
Information Commissioner’s Office: Information on Coronavirus and Data Protection 
Letter from the Chief Medical Officers
Letter supporting nurses, midwives and nursing associates
Next Steps on NHS Response to COVID-19 Letter from Sir Simon Stevens, NHS Chief Executive and Amanda Pritchard, NHS Chief Operating Office
NICE COVID-19 related guidelines
Public Health England Guide to Donning and Doffing of PPE (includes videos)
RCP Ethical guidance published for frontline staff dealing with pandemic
Resuscitation Council (UK) Guidance
Royal Society of Medicine free COVID-19 webinars
Women’s Aid COVID-19 Safety and Support resources 
Allocation of treatment for Covid-19 patients: This potentially difficult subject was discussed in a recent Medical Protection Society podcast


For the Public

NHS overview of COVID-19