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National community COVID-19 surveillance

The Oxford Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) Sentinel Surveillance Network are conducting viral swabbing of symptomatic people and random antibody sampling, via an extra serology sample with routine bloods, in asymptomatic individuals.

Initially provided through 100 practices, this has been rapidly scaled up to 300 and aims to reach 1000 practices.

This work is a partnership with Public Health England.

Further epidemiological data will be available from a wider number of practices (2-3000) who are not sampling but will collect COVID-19 codes.  

National COVID-19 Clinical Informatics hub

To support a number of major COVID-19 research programmes the ARC, through its Digital Health theme, supported the rapid engineering of a new national primary care digital platform – the Oxford RCGP Clinical Informatics Digital Hub (ORCHID).

This is to provide a secure, scalable, and resilient digital database capable of supporting the PRINICPLE trial, RAPTOR COVID-19 and community surveillance projects, and providing a clinical informatics hub.

Recent ARC OxTV news

Self-monitoring of blood pressure does not result in the earlier detection of high blood pressure in pregnancy nor does it improve blood pressure control in those with pregnancy hypertension

Self-monitoring of blood pressure during pregnancy neither results in earlier detection of high blood pressure, nor helps with blood pressure control in those who are pregnant, suggest the results of two new papers based on research from researchers supported by the NIHR ARC OxTV at the University of Oxford and King’s College London.

Excess weight in childhood has significant short- and long-term economic costs

Researchers from Oxford Population Health’s Health Economics Research Centre (HERC) and supported by the NIHR ARC OxTV, have recently published a comprehensive review of the evidence on the economic impacts of childhood excess weight. The results, published in the journal Children, highlight both the significant economic impacts of overweight and obesity in children, and the priority areas for future research.