Covid-19 community centres in Lewisham

As part of Lewisham’s Covid-19 emergency response, two Covid-19 community centres are being opened in the south of the borough at Marvels Lane Surgery (37 Marvel Lane, SE12 9PN) and the north of the borough at the Waldron Centre (Amersham Vale, London SE14 6LD).

This is part of a national network new primary care Covid-19 centres which are being established rapidly to manage the growth of coronavirus cases in the community.

The two community centres in Lewisham will provide care for patients who are unwell with suspected Covid-19 symptoms requiring medical attention. The centres will offer additional support to secondary care, alleviating pressure at local hospitals. Neighbouring residents have been informed.

The centres will be open seven days a week. Patients will be seen on the same day after contacting their GP/111 if they need a face-to-face appointment. All staff working there will be in full personal protective equipment (PPE).

On arrival, patients will be greeted to confirm that they have an appointment. They will then be asked to sit in a specially designated waiting area, where they will have privacy from others.

Initially a nurse will conduct observations and enter the results onto the clinical system for a GP to review.

The Marvels Lane centre and the Waldron Centre are expected to start operating tomorrow (Thursday 9 April).

These centres will provide a vital service in enabling GPs, along with their health and social care colleagues, to work closely together in a suitable clinical environment and establish what is best for individual patient care.

Over the next few weeks, it’s essential that vital GP services are maintained, with minimum disruption, and Lewisham’s Covid-19 community centres will be invaluable in doing that.

But it’s important to remember that these community centres are not testing facilities. They are purely for patients who are unwell, are suspected of having Covid-19 and require medical attention following an appointment being made for them.