Covid Assessment Centres will now operate with a practice-based locality model

Following an agreement at the regional leads meeting, we write to advise you that the Covid Assessment Centres will now operate with a practice-based locality model.  The centres are expected to see patients that are registered with a GP in that federation area, and as a result home visits would normally be the responsibility of the “home” centre of the patient’s GP.
 
If a patient has moved a significant distance away from their own practice, it would be expected that the patient still be referred to their GP’s “home” centre, but it is reasonable for this centre to then discuss arranging for the assessment to take place via a base nearer to the patient’s location.  We agreed this should be by exception and down to local resolution on a case by case basis.