Devon CCG has advised that groups of GP practices are setting up dedicated sites where symptomatic patients who require a more in-depth assessment, or people from self-isolating households, can be seen and treated for the virus and other conditions.
To keep patients and practice staff as safe as possible, and in line with government guidance, patients with symptoms of COVID-19 may be directed to ‘COVID-19 primary care hubs’ if they need to be seen. Teignmouth Community Hospital is one of the places being used as a COVID-19 primary care hub, making use of the consulting rooms that are normally for outpatient clinics but are currently available due to the pandemic. The facility does not involve use of hospital beds.
This is a good example of collaboration between NHS partners and increased integration of services in response to the pandemic. Dawlish and Teignmouth GPs are providing the service for the patients registered at their practices.
Patients must only attend a COVID-19 primary care hub if they have been asked to by their practice –walk-ins will not be accepted. Patients should continue to contact their practice in the normal way (online or by phone) and if they need to be seen, they will be given instructions about where to attend.
Regarding other services at Teignmouth Community Hospital:
Some day procedures continue
Volunteering in Health staff are working from home. The charity’s staff and volunteers continue to support people by phone.
The health and wellbeing team is still in place and operational
Outpatient clinics have currently been stood down.
It is not being used as an inpatient facility.