Coronavirus triage centres open

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Coronavirus assessment centres have opened at hospitals in Oban and Craignure on Mull.

But people are being told not to turn up without first making an appointment via NHS24.

The triage-type hubs helping assess people for COVID-19 symptoms will be staffed by clinicians including GPs and advanced nurse practitioners.

NHS Highland bosses want to stress the assessment centres will not be providing any testing for the virus.

People who get appointments at the special centres will be given treatment plans, including medication, and/or prescriptions and will be told to self-isolate.

‘If they need to go to hospital this will be arranged at the centre,’ said a NHS Highland spokesperson.

Please note that the hubs will not be providing testing facilities.

If anyone, or someone they care for, develops symptoms of COVID-19 they should use the NHS Inform website at nhisinform.scot or call the dedicated information helpline on 0800 028 2816.

If symptoms worsen and cannot be managed at home then people should call NHS24 on 111 where they will be asked a number of questions and, if required, the NHS 24 call handler will pass their call to a telephone community hub when a full telephone assessment will be carried out.

It is at that point, and if necessary, that people will be given an appointment for a face-to-face consultation at their nearest Community Assessment Centre.