What happens at the centre?
Patients attending the assessment centre will have their oxygen saturation levels measured, as well as their respiratory rate, and temperature, recorded by a Practice Nurse or Healthcare Assistant. They are then assessed by a GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner. Their clinical presentation is discussed with a Control GP, based off-site but connected via online conferencing software, Microsoft Teams. The Control GP records in the clinical record and the patient is then either advised to return home and monitor their symptoms, given a prescription – sent electronically to a pharmacy of their choice – or admitted directly to the A&E department at Northampton General Hospital.
Who works at the centre?
The centre is staffed by a core team, primarily consisting of General Practice Alliance employees. We have a Receptionist, Service Manager, Clinical Lead Nurse, Operational Lead, Control GP and a Triage Doctor working each shift.
As well as the core team, each shift is staffed with local Practice Nurses, GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Paramedic Practitioners, Healthcare Assistants and Foundation Doctors, who have all been released voluntarily from their practices.