Reports earlier this week suggested the west Londoners would consider trying to offload - or even sack - Barton, who has three years left to run on his contract, but Hughes has pledged not to make any rash decisions.
"We are waiting to hear on Joey Barton's punishment," the Rs boss told the Daily Mail.
"He is facing a long ban and we have to take stock of the situation. We are awaiting the verdict of the FA and the disciplinary process will take its course.
"As a manager there are 10 other players you have to think about, then 10 who played on against Manchester City.
"We stayed up. It's a relief. And now we start again. This is not all about Joey Barton."