The NHS in Bedfordshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has 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 new advice issued is as follows:
Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading
Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.
You can only leave your home:
· to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to
· to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with
· for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person
· to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary
Guidance on social distancing and protecting the vulnerable is available here, including translated versions in various languages - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
Full guidance on staying at home and away from others is available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others
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.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has written to every household in the country to outline the steps that are being taken in the UK to fight coronavirus. The letter is availale online here in various languages - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-information-leaflet.
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.