Patients will be seen by a variety of healthcare staff in different roles, depending on their condition. These face-to-face clinics will help determine what should happen to them next – for instance if they need to come into hospital for an operation, or to provide specialist advice on managing with treatment at home or in the community. The NHS will also be working with partners on offering wider wellbeing advice to all who attend.
By using this large space in a totally new way, planners can map out the flow of patients while always maintaining their dignity and privacy, as well as taking into account all social distancing guidelines. The NHS is also working with patient groups to ensure that the experience works to the benefit of all, including deciding the name of the centre.
The centre is initially planned to cover dermatology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and breast screening. By setting up a breast screening unit in the middle of Poole the NHS will be able to offer women from all over Dorset the opportunity to have mammograms which were delayed by Covid in a purpose built unit.