The NHS in Bedfordshire and Public Health England (PHE) have put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
The advice from the Cabinet office is:
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.
This means you must:
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do, is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Advice for children:
A Covid-19 parental advice leaflet for Bedfordshire is available here. This includes information on where and how to seek help when your child is unwell.
Guidance on social distancing and protecting the vulnerable is available here, including translated versions in various languages - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others is available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing
Guidance for staying safe outside your home, is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home#keep-your-hands-and-face-as-clean-as-possible
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register whether or not you need support. More information is available here.
If you have coronavirus symptoms:
Do not go to a GP surgery, walk-in centre, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Further information regarding coronavirus is available in alternative formats below:
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
· Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
· Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
More information can be found on the NHS website here.