Salisbury GPs join forces to set up Covid-19 'assessment centre'

Salisbury GPs join forces to set up Covid-19 'assessment centre'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:36am 6th April 2020. (Updated at 11:21am 6th April 2020)

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The plan means there are a few changes for local patients for the foreseeable future.

This has been brought in by the Sarum South Primary Care Network, which consists of the Salisbury Medical Practice, Harcourt Medical Centre, Three Chequers Medical Practice, Downton Surgery and Whiteparish Surgery.

A Covid-19 assessment centre has been put together, staffed by GPs from across the network, and based at Harcourt Medical Centre on Crane Bridge Road.

Harcourt Medical Centre Salisbury
The Covid-19 assessment centre is being set at the Harcourt Medical Centre in Salisbury

That means patients who normally use Harcourt are having service temporarily relocated to the Bemerton Heath Surgery on Pembroke Road.

You can still call the Harcourt number, 01722 333214, to get through to staff - but patients are asked NOT to attend Crane Bridge Road, and that paper prescriptions requests and post have been redirected too.

The Bemerton Heath surgery was being used as a respiratory assessment centre for the previous couple of weeks, but after a deep clean, that's now changed.

It will now only be used by Harcourt Medical Centre patients.

WHAT IS A COVID-19 ASSESSMENT CENTRE?

It'll be open for patients to call between 8.00am and 8.00pm Monday to Friday, for patients who are suspected of having the virus.

Patients are asked to continue contacting their own surgeries as normal, where they'll be triaged by staff,

If necessary, their details will be passed on to the assessment team and patients triaged again, before being offered a suitable appointment.

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GPs from Salisbury Medical Practice, Three Chequers and Harcourt Medical Centre will staffing the Covid-19 assessment centre

The assessment centre at Harcourt Medical Centre is NOT available to walk-in patients.

Both the Downton and Whiteparish Surgeries have dedicated isolation rooms for patients with suspected Covid-19 symptoms.

Those rooms are away from where non-Covid-19 patients are being seen, to protect staff and patients from cross contamination.

The Sarum South Practice Primary Care Network has said: 

"We want to thank our patients, everyone in the community who has assisted with donations of PPE, volunteering their time to help others, and of course to our wonderful teams, whom without them, we would not be able to continue to offer the services we are. Thank you Salisbury! #StayHomeSaveLives"

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