HSE Media release: 15 January 2021
As part of the HSE measures in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cavan Monaghan Primary Care Services are re-establishing a COVID 19 Community Assessment Hub (CAH) in the HSE Community Services Building, 1 Drumlin Drive, Cootehill, Co. Cavan, H16 KO94, on Friday, January 15th 2021. The CAH will be operational seven days per week, for the population of both Cavan and Monaghan.
Community Assessment Hubs are for patients over the age of 16 who are COVID-19 positive or presumptive COVID-19 positive as determined by the criteria applied, and who require assessment. CAHs aim to provide a timely community based clinical assessment so that patients can be supported to manage their condition through the provision of clinical input, advice and supports.
Through the provision of this community service, the HSE’s aim is to maximise the number of patients with the COVID-19 virus, who can self-care at home, and minimise any inappropriate referrals to Acute Hospital services. Appropriate community assessment and management of patients with confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 will also assist in minimising the risk of community transmission of COVID-19.
The majority of patients assessed in the CAH will be able to return home following assessment and continue their care and recovery. Some patients seen at the Community Assessment Hub may have an onward referral made for them to a Self Isolation Unit if self-isolation in their own home cannot be achieved. For others, assessment at the CAH may indicate the need for transfer to the Acute Hospital for treatment.
Dr Gavin Maguire, GP Clinical Lead for the Cavan Monaghan CAH said:
"Our aim in setting up the hub is that anyone who needs a clinical assessment can get one in the community, as quickly as possible. This will assist patients who need assessment but who do not need immediate hospital care, and will avoid referral to the Acute Hospital where possible."
Patients may only be referred to the Community Assessment Hub by a GP or the GP Out Of Hours Services, NEDOC. Those for assessment must have an appointment, which will be confirmed in advance of attendance.
The Cavan Monaghan CAH will operate initially from 1 pm to 5 pm, seven days per week. However, the operational procedures/times are subject to change, depending on the demand for the service.
Significant measures have been taken to ensure that patients and staff in the Community Assessment Hub are protected with high standards of infection prevention and control applied. Car parking is available and the facility has the appropriate clinical equipment and supplies in situ ready for patients to be seen.
The Cavan Monaghan Community Assessment Hub has been developed by the HSE's Primary Care Services and supported greatly by colleagues in General Practice, Infection Prevention and Control, Education and Training, Cavan General Hospital, Health and Wellbeing, Estates, Maintenance, ICT, Human Resources and the wider support services. All staff working in the Hub have received additional training and look forward to working with patients requiring this vital service.
Josephine Collins, General Manager, Primary Care Services, CHO 1, thanked all the teams involved in getting the CAH operational:
“Everyone has been working extremely hard to get this CAH up and running in a very short space of time. We wish to acknowledge the work done by Cavan/Monaghan Primary Care, Dr Gavain Maguire, Infection Prevention and Control and our Estates Colleagues in getting this service operational so quickly. This achievement is a testament to the dedication and commitment of all staff, and has been accomplished by a real team effort.”
Last updated on: 15 / 01 / 2021