Ridge Covid Assessment Unit
The Ridge and Weald group of GP Practices (Bearsted, Langley, Lenham, Sutton Valence, Headcorn, Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Yalding, Staplehurst, Brenchley, Horsmonden and Lamberhurst) is committed to providing the highest levels of support to their patients during the Covid-19 crisis.
Patients registered at these practices requiring medical support with suspected Covid-19 symptoms should telephone 111 or their usual GP practice. If it is suspected that they may have significant symptoms of Covid-19 and need to be seen by a clinician, they will be referred to the Ridge Covid Assessment Unit (RCAU) which is sited at Headcorn Aerodrome with the kind permission of the owner. At the RCAU, patients will see a clinician in person. The clinician will then advise whether a patient needs to go to hospital or whether they are safe to go home.
Please note that a Covid-19 test will not be available.
If you have any other medical issue (not Covid-19 related) then you should telephone your usual GP practice.
We would urge our patients to keep up the strong community support and solidarity that is so evident in mid-Kent. We support the policy of social distancing for us all, and shielding for the more vulnerable groups, such as those over the age of 70 years and those with a long term health condition.
As GPs we are committed to providing excellent care for our patients, some of whom we have known for decades and through several generations. We want to stand with our patients at this difficult time in delivering good medical care to them throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. For advice or more information, please contact your own surgery.
Published: Apr 8, 2020