GP CARE HUBS – COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT SERVICE
View the video for Field Road Health Clinic’s GP Hub here: https://youtu.be/-qlyHg0MRnc
Birkenhead Medical Building, Laird Street Birkenhead
Field Road Health Centre Wallasey
Two new GP Care Hubs commenced delivering service to patients in Birkenhead and Wallasey this week. One is based on the second floor of Birkenhead Medical Building on Laird Street and the other at Field Road Health Centre in Wallasey. These special clinics will deliver a dedicated service to patients suspected of Covid 19 symptoms based on prior telephone assessment by their own GP surgery.
These services are commissioned by Wirral CCG and delivered by Wirral GP Federation (GPW-Fed) (which represents 26 Wirral GP practices) in partnership with Miriam Primary Care Group.
In the current crisis the majority of General Practice service is being provided through telephone, video or e-consultations. GP Care Hubs will offer a safe and independent setting where patients with mild to moderate symptoms of suspected Covid 19 are assessed by a multi-disciplinary team of GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Associates and Health Care Assistants.
This service is to assess and treat patients symptomatically.
THESE SITES DO NOT PROVIDE A COVID 19 TESTING SERVICE
GP Care Hubs are being delivered in dedicated areas which are operating to a very strict protocol to limit cross contamination. The service has sourced Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to the highest standards including FFP masks, Face Shields, Gowns, Gloves etc. The service is also using “Vital Signs Monitors“ to assess patients.
Dr Abhi Mantgani of Miriam Primary Care Group and Exec Lead of Wirral GP Federation who is leading the delivery of the service stated:
“This is a critical and challenging time for our country and our communities. Our aim is to treat patients in the community and reduce pressure on hospital services where possible. We have a dedicated team with adequate resources to manage the situation in a safe manner for staff and patients “
Mrs Clare Barnes, Lead Nurse commented “We have had great support from a number of sources including donations of PPE from various groups. We are grateful for all such support to protect our staff as we do our best to provide the best possible care at this difficult time.“