Supporting the Public Service
GP training for COVID community assessment hubs
In collaboration with the HSE, National Ambulance Service, Irish College of General Practitioners, GPs and academics from the other medical schools, UCC Professor of General Practice Colin Bradley led training courses for GPs recruited to operate the Covid Community Assessment Hubs.
Community assessment hubs for COVID-19 began accepting their first patients in April. The set up of the these hubs help keep patients from overburdening the hospital system while being treated by healthcare staff.
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Over 150 GPs and GP registrars (trainees) have been trained in Cork and Kerry. Training included information about the clinical manifestations of covid disease, patients in risk groups, severity assessment and the operational aspects of the covid community assessment hubs. Attendees at the training also received training on donning and doffing (putting on and off) personal protective equipment (PPE). All attendees were also provided with a set of PPE on which to practice safe donning and doffing at home. The training programme was coordinated with similar training taking place in other parts of the country. The first community assessment hub in Cork and Kerry opened on Friday 17th April.
Training was mobilised and delivered in parternship with HSE Cork Kerry Community Health, National Ambulance Service, Irish College of General Practitioners, UCD Centre for Emergency Medicine.