Swabbing for patients who attend hot hub appointments
In response to the growing number of patients presenting for a COVID swab only at our HOT Hub sites, we would like to inform all booking practices that a COVID swab will only be offered to patients attending hot hubs when there is a clinical benefit to do so.
Please do not book appointment for patients expecting a swab because the Hot Hub GP may not be able to offer one.
Hot hub has not replaced swabbing via other services such as by calling 119 or booking an appointment online. Swabs done via Tier 2 centre will link into the NHS Test and Trace service.
Swabbing commenced at the hot hubs to minimize journeys for patients who should be self-isolating with symptoms of COVID and also to assist in swabbing of those patients who would otherwise have difficulty accessing a Tier 2 centre; for example: patients who need public transport to access swabbing sites; or the vulnerable, elderly patients with difficulty accessing swabbing sites or those patients who do not have internet access to book appointments on line, etc.
The PCS swabbing service is for key workers and teachers and these are booked through the PCS booking system (use the link below)