Tests in Gp practices

Testing for coronavirus should be much more localised.
Gp treatment rooms are used routinely for blood testing and swabs.
If testing was done in a normal treatment room, those being tested are more comfortable as its in an environment they're more familiar with.
Gps could test the most vulnerable and key workers first, alphabetically, followed by those in lower risk categories.
It must be quicker and easier to supply gps with x amount of daily tests than hoping people will turn up to testing sites or be able to complete a test themselves at home.
Collect as is done with blood samples we then know that tests have been stored correctly prior to testing, whilst awaiting collection and in transit to laboratory, thereby allowing more tests to be completed on a daily basis and identifying where there may be higher /lower numbers of infection. This may also help in regional scaling down of lockdown in areas where there are fewest positive covid-19 cases.

Why the contribution is important

To identify areas of infection and allow greater clarity to all. To help ease lockdown restrictions in areas with fewest cases of covid-19,
Relieve pressure on "testing centres"
Relieve pressure on those who want/need testing but can't GET to testing centres

by Pinksquirl on May 07, 2020 at 04:03PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 3.3
Based on: 6 votes


  • Posted by davidcooper1975 May 07, 2020 at 16:18

    Very much against this - this puts GP staff at significant risk, and the last thing that you need is multiple persons potentially infected in GP surgeries when they reopen - huge risk for the patients that will be waiting to see the GP's and nurses - and many of these will be high risk patients.
  • Posted by AADAberdeen May 07, 2020 at 17:10

    Staff at GP surgeries do need to be protected but patients also need to know where they stand regarding the virus and to receive medical attention for other conditions.

    What is a GP's job?

    Appointment system? Shops manage so surely GP's could put some suitable set up in place.
  • Posted by Nursewifemother May 07, 2020 at 19:32

    Totally disagree. I am a health care worker and the centres are set up for a reason, we now have the army with mobile units undertaking testing.
    Too high a risk for GPs do this.
  • Posted by Alotman May 07, 2020 at 22:39

    To ignore the existing gp network is madness. Germany who are regarded as exemplars in dealing with this pandemic used their existing network to carry out mass testing and the comparisons between us and them are now very obvious. The chaotic testing is a disgrace particularly with the neglect of the care homes.
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