Covid-19: Salisbury Medical Practice 'Hot Hub' ready to go

Covid-19: Salisbury Medical Practice 'Hot Hub' ready to go

Published by Mike Draper at 5:42am 26th May 2020.

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A portakabin at the back of the surgery is now in place and will allow GPs to see patients with suspected coronavirus symptoms, away from other patients.

The 'hot hub' is a temporary building, where GPs will assess people who have possible Covid-19, by appointment only.

The Practice says this gives them a way to keep Fisherton House as their safe ‘cold’ site, allowing them to continue to do all the important normal day to day general practice jobs, like seeing patients, doing dressings and immunisations, away from possible coronavirus patients.

Salisbury Medical Practice Covid-19 Hot Hub May 2020
The 'hot hub' has been set up in the rear car park at Salisbury Medical Practice

A similar set-up's been in place for a number of weeks, based at Salisbury's Harcourt Medical Centre.

The government and NHS England has already warned health services they need to adapt and build services that can continue for the next 12-18 months to cover the anticipated medical burden imposed by Covid-19 and this is deemed one way they can do that until a vaccine is ready.


The GPs there are reassuring patients and local residents about the risks associated with having a 'hot hub' set up on site. 

They've said the site is designed to separate potential Covid-19 patients from those without symptoms, allowing the Salisbury Medical Practice to operate as normally as possible at this time.

Most of the work by doctors and nurses at SMP is being done by phone or video are the moment anyway, only seeing patients face to face when appropriate.

Social distancing within the building also means it would be difficult to find an alternative space, so the portakabin is seen as the best option.

Coronavirus NHS PPE Scrubs
The 'hot hub' will assess patients who have Covid-19 symptoms like a cough, temperature, and a loss of taste and smell

We're also being reminded that many of the patients being seen there do not actually have Covid-19, they're just being seen there as a precaution.

The 'hot hub' is also not a walk-in service, with patients only able to seen there following a phone assessment and being given an appointment.

Salisbury Medical Practice - Fisherton House sign 2 (Mike Draper)
Patients are still able to use the Fisherton House building as normal, separated from suspected Covid-19 cases


There have been some worries from people living close to the new Covid-19 assessment centre about its proximity to their homes.

The nearest residential homes are within a retirement complex, where many of the residents are 'shielding' due to their age, based on Government advice.

Salisbury Medical Practice is reassuring them that all safety precautions have been taken.

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