COVID-19 information in SCR additional information
A specific set of COVID-19 related SNOMED codes have been temporarily added to the SCR inclusion dataset to maximise the information made available from general practice. This is to support the response to COVID-19. The necessity to maintain this specific content in the SCR will be reviewed and the content will be removed when it is no longer relevant.
It is important to bear in mind that the SCR has been designed to provide a summary of the GP record but not to provide all of the detailed content. Where COVID-19 information is recorded and coded in the GP record, SCR can help to make this information more widely available.
To interpret this new information, it is important to have an understanding of how these codes are used in GP systems so that SCR viewers can best interpret this information.
During the COVID-19 pandemic period, additional information will be more widely available, including codes from GP systems related to COVID-19 disease encounters, vulnerability, diagnoses presumed or proven, and test results when and where available.
SCR content is limited to information held in GP systems but may include COVID-19 related information from shared records, together with any supporting text. The content may vary, but it generally provides additional useful detail to supplement the coded information.
The quality, presentation and completeness of the COVID-19 related Information included in an SCR is dependent on a number of factors including the underlying clinical record, data quality and confidentiality issues. SCR viewers should be aware that the SCR COVID-19 data may not be complete or exhaustive and should be utilised as an additional data source to support current assessment practice.
Codes related to testing, diagnosis and other COVID-19 codes
Codes related to testing and diagnosis should be interpreted with care, taking account of the dates and sequence to interpret current status and the history of changes.
Suspected cases will only be identified as such where the patient has been in contact with healthcare services and the information has been recorded in a patient’s GP record against specific SNOMED codes. Suspected case information may be recorded in general practice or other healthcare settings and then communicated back to general practice.
Confirmed cases will only be identified as such where the patient has had relevant testing and the information has been recorded in a patient’s GP record against specific SNOMED codes. Confirmed case information is likely to be identified away from the patient’s general practice and then communicated back to general practice.
Codes related to risk categories for developing complications from COVID-19
There are three SNOMED codes available in GP systems to indicate a patient’s risk category for developing complications from COVID-19: