Derbyshire Covid-19 assessment hub shut down

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An assessment centre set up in Swadlincote to help people during the coronavirus crisis has closed.

The hub was set up on the town's bus station car park as a facility to help people with symptoms or concerns.

However, after "extensive consultation", the decision was made to close the facility on Friday, July 31.

Michelle Hurley is practice manager at Heartwood Medical Practice in Civic Way, Swadlincote, which was one of the surgeries involved in the forming of the hub.

She said the project had been a "great success", but surgeries were now better equipped to "replicate a scaled-down service at each site".

In a letter she sent to patients, the surgery manager said: "Following extensive consultation, a decision had been made to close the Swadlincote Covid-19 Assessment Centre, situated on the bus station car park.

"The "red hub" was originally set up in April in response to the pandemic and the expected peak of assessing more than 200 local coronavirus patients per day; thankfully it was never used to the full anticipated volume.

The drive-thru COVID-19 assessment hub has now closed

"More recently, part of the hub site has been re-purposed and utilised by the school nursing team to deliver drive-through immunisations.

"The project was a great success and they administered in excess of 1,000 HPV vaccinations to children from the Derbyshire and Staffordshire areas.

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"Whilst it's been an excellent facility to support the local community, surgeries are now better equipped to replicate a scaled down service at each site so that patients with suspected Covid-19 symptoms can be safely assessed by their own GPs.

"Patients who are vulnerable and previously included in the shielding category will be able to continue using the Overseal Surgery that will continue for a short while as a "green hub".

Michelle’s team also expressed their thanks to Frank McArdle, Chief Executive of South Derbyshire District Council, who she said has been "extremely supportive throughout the project".

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