A new home visiting service in response to the coronavirus pandemic is being launched by health bosses at Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
The home visiting service is launching as part of a development from the assessment centres currently being used to assess patients with coronavirus symptoms.
The service is for patients who are housebound or unable to travel, and have either coronavirus symptoms or are living in a household with someone with coronavirus symptoms.
Clinicians will be able to assess patients for coronavirus and also help to treat any other health conditions a patient may have.
The CGG detailed how the new service has been developed from the assessment centre model to treat patients off-site and away from a GP practice.
Dr Julian Povey, chair of the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is important that we continue to develop our coronavirus assessment services and enable the ongoing protection of GP practices in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin for both our staff and patients.
“By adapting the current model developed for the assessment centres, we have used the same approach for a home visiting service to support patients in their own homes. We are acting decisively in combating the progression of the virus and providing the best possible service to all our patients.”
While Dr Jo Leahy, chair of the Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “As cases are thankfully beginning to decrease, we are expecting to see fewer patients over the coming weeks. Therefore two assessment centres in the county are no longer required, meaning we are able to focus on successfully delivering a home visiting service.
“Since the establishment of the Telford site, there has been less demand than expected – which is actually good news. However, it was very important for us to be prepared for large demand on the service and avoid huge pressure being placed on our local NHS.
“As a result of the coronavirus assessment services, most of our GP practices have become safe places to see non-covid patients, and those at high risk, ensuring that NHS services can continue to help patients with varying health needs at this time.”