Drive-through Coronavirus Assessment Centre at Shrewsbury Town FC

A drive-through assessment centre has been set up at Shrewsbury Town Football Club for patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

The drive-through has been designed and implemented by NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Please note, patients showing symptoms of coronavirus should contact NHS 111 online in the first instance. If they don’t have access to the internet they should call 111. Patients will then be transferred from NHS 111 to their GP practice.

The assessment centre is strictly appointment-only for patients who have been directed by their GP practice. No patient will be able to report directly to the assessment centre without being referred by their GP practice.

The GP practice will be responsible for booking face-to-face assessments at the assessment centre. However, please be aware this is not a testing centre for COVID-19. It is for assessing patients with symptoms of coronavirus or supporting patients who have other urgent health issues but who are unable to see a healthcare professional because they have coronavirus symptoms.

Patients will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by their GP practice and given instructions on how to access the assessment centre, including travel arrangements if necessary.

The centre is based in the football stadium car park and is open Monday to Friday, including bank holidays, between 8am and 7pm.

Tests for coronavirus will not take place at the site. People, who are suspected of having the virus; are feeling very unwell and require medical attention, will be assessed by a team of healthcare professionals from their vehicles or in temporary clinical rooms, as appropriate.

Further assessment centres will be rolled-out across the county with the next site planned in Telford.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“The purpose of these new centres is to assess people with coronavirus symptoms, relieve pressure on local GP practices and hospitals, and to effectively manage the growth of cases in the community. 

“It is extremely important at this time to shield our practices, where possible, from patients with suspected coronavirus as this protects both our staff and patients who do not have the disease, particularly those in higher risk groups.

“Staff members at the CCGs and local GP practices have been working hard to create this centre within a week, which is effectively a temporary GP practice.

“The assessment centre is not a testing facility or walk-in service for patients with symptoms of coronavirus, and no patient will be able to report directly to the centre without being referred by their GP.”