Drive-through coronavirus assessment centre set up outside Sussex GP surgery

A drive-through coronavirus assessment centre has been set up outside a GP surgery in Sussex.

The centre – dubbed the ‘COVID Hot Site’ – has been built outside River Lodge Surgery in Lewes.

It has been created for patients of The Foundry – School Hill Medical Practice, St Andrew’s Surgery and River Lodge Surgery.

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Dr Jason Heath, one of the practice’s partners, said the centre is designed for patients who after ringing 111, require further assistance if the 111 call handler decides this.

The assessment centre outside River Lodge Surgery in Lewes

He said: “The centre is a safe place for patients to be clinically assessed.

“Patients will be tested in their cars for their breathing and oxygen levels – and medical staff will be wearing protective equipment.

“If further treatment is required, they will be directed to the surgery or hospital.”

Dr Heath confirmed the centre operates on an appointment only basis.

The‘COVID Hot Site’ in Lewes

Appointments on foot will be arranged if people cannot drive, he said.

He confirmed the assessment centre could evolve into a testing site in the future.

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