SAPG response to COVID-19

To prioritise and support the capacity of health and social care services, Healthcare Improvement Scotland and the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) have taken the decision to adapt our normal ways of working. This action is supported by Scottish Government.

This is an unprecedented situation requiring unusual measures, and that it is important that SAPG supports NHSScotland in maintaining essential services. All meetings of the SAPG committee and project groups have been suspended until further notice.

The duration of these measures is unknown and we will provide further updates in due course. In the interim, if you have any queries, please contact:

We have developed some interim pragmatic practical advice for clinical teams to ensure we maintain antimicrobial stewardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advice COVID-19 respiratory infections in hospital May 2020

Updated advice COVID-19 hospital 23 March 2020

Interim advice COVID-19 frail older people 23 March 2020

Interim advice to Antimicrobial Management Teams 12 March 2020


Advice for NHS staff and healthcare professionals and members of the public can be found on the NHS Inform website. 

Advice for healthcare professionals

Advice for members of the public


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