BMA Northern Ireland has welcomed the opening of the first GP-led Covid-19 primary care assessment centre in Belfast [opens Tuesday 31 March 2020].

Speaking about the opening, GP Lead Dr Ursula Brennan, a member of BMA NI General Practitioner’s Committee, said, ‘The pace at which GPs and the Belfast Trust have worked together to get the assessment centre open has been phenomenal. We have managed to identify premises, kit out the centre and staff it within 10 days.

‘I want to thank everyone who has really pulled together to get the Centre open and ready to assess patients in a very short space of time.’

The facility at Beech Hall Health and Wellbeing Centre will see patients who have been referred there by their own GP.

Dr Brennan adds, ‘It is important for people to remember the Centre is not a walk-in facility nor is it a testing centre.  Patients will be referred by GP appointment only.  If you have concerns we recommend that you ring your own GP first and discuss your symptoms with them. If your GP thinks you need further assessment you will be sent to the Centre.

‘At the centre you will be examined by a doctor and they will assess if you need further treatment. If a patient is sent home, they will be given all the appropriate information to enable them to manage. They will also be able to contact their own GP for further advice.’