Last updated: 25 September 2020 at 4.35pm
Community assessment hubs help manage the increase of COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in the community.
Who hubs are for
Hubs are for people who:
- are very unwell
- have tested positive for COVID-19
- are likely to have COVID-19
- need a face-to-face appointment with a GP
Your GP may refer you to a hub for a face-to-face assessment if you:
- feel your symptoms are getting worse
- feel you can’t manage your symptoms at home
- are concerned about your breathing - such as shortness of breath or it’s causing you pain or distress
- are concerned about a separate, existing health condition
Hubs are for people aged 16 years and over. If you are worried about your child or their symptoms, phone your GP.
When to phone your GP
Your GP or GP Out Of Hours will decide if you need a face-to-face consultation at a hub.
Call your GP if:
- your symptoms get worse - particularly if your breathing is more difficult or more rapid
- you feel you cannot manage your symptoms
Once your GP makes a referral to a hub, we will text you with details of your appointment as soon as possible. Make sure your GP has your up-to-date phone number.
Take a list of your regular medicines with you to your assessment appointment.
What happens at a hub
A GP will examine you and decide on a treatment plan.
You will need to be referred by a GP. We cannot accept ‘walk-ins’.
Hubs do not provide COVID-19 testing.
Opening hours vary from hub to hub. They will continue for as long as they are needed.
We'll take your contact details, then a nurse and GP will carry out a full assessment.
Each appointment takes approximately one hour.
The team will decide if you:
- need to go to hospital for extra support and treatment
- can recover at home
- need extra supports to help you recover in the community or spend some time in an isolation facility
You and your GP will each be given a copy of your assessment report.