General practice has been asked to reorganise care into ‘cold’ and ‘hot’ sites to ensure a reduction in the rate of spread of COVID-19, optimise use of critical care beds, and ensure high quality care for those choosing not to be admitted. PenARC researchers have been working with NHS staff to identify key issues about how best to configure primary care in light of the outbreak. Although there has been clear consensus on a number of issues there are also a range of strategic decisions to be made and practical problems to overcome.
Professor Richard Byng and Dr Tamsin Newlove Delgado have produced a discussion paper to summarise current thinking and responses to these issues and, working with Dr Emma Cockroft, have produced a rapid question generation and priorisation exercise about primary care pathways to care. Read the paper and contribute to the discussion.
This study is supported by the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU) and the NIHR ARC South West Peninsula (PenARC).