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:
Update on antibody test kits for home use
Some UK providers such as high street pharmacies and private healthcare providers offer COVID-19 antibody testing for members of the public. The test involves taking a fingerprick blood sample. The laboratory tests are CE marked and safe for use on blood drawn from the vein by a healthcare professional, but have not yet been validated by the manufacturer of the test to be used with a fingerprick blood sample.
It’s very important for people at home to be able to understand the reliability of the result and what it means for them. A positive result may not mean a person is immune or if they demonstrate immunity now, or how long this will last.
The Government strongly advises members of the public or organisations who have purchased these tests and received antibody results to continue to follow the Government’s advice whatever the result of the test. The Government is contacting providers of the antibody testing services and the laboratories running these tests to ask them to temporarily stop offering these tests for sale until the regulatory and safety concerns have been resolved.
Guidance has been produced by Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) for members of the public, patients, professionals and industry around the COVID-19 tests and testing kits. This includes information on how they work, the different types of tests and the specifications manufacturers need to follow.
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.