Important Information about Coronavirus
The NHS in Bedfordshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely 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 risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.
Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the GP practice and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
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.
You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Primary Care Networks
We are now in a Primary Care Network called Titan. This means we will be working collaboratively with two other local Practices - Houghton Regis Medical Centre and Toddington Medical Centre. This will be to offer services of benefit to the patients of all three surgeries
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Healthy Eating and Cooking
Please read this useful leaflet on how to reduce your risk of Type 2 Diabetes by Eating Well - from Diabetes UK
Eating Well to Reduce your Risk of Diabetes
Please read this healthy cooking blog with lots of lovely plant based recipes and tips on how to live a vegan lifestyle
Wheatfield Blog - Dr Alabi's update on our appointment project
Dr Shah's blog
Why I Still Love Being a GP
How I prepared to trek Mount Kilimanjaro
Changes to Phlebotomy
We shall be reducing the number of phlebotomy appointments we offer. We will also be restricting patients who can book their blood tests at the practice. Patients who are elderly (75+), or patients who have a disability or long term condition can have their bloods at the practice. All other patients should be redirected to Arndale House in Luton, or Priory Medical Centre in Dunstable. This is at the clinician's discretion however, and if a clinician feels that the patient should have their blood test here even if they are not in one of the categories listed above, they can be booked
CQC Inspection - Rating Given
The Care Quality Commission inspected our surgery in August 2019. Overall we were given a 'Requires Improvement' rating. Please be assured that we have taken this rating seriously and have rectified all actions detailed in the report. You can read the full CQC inspection report here CQC Inspection Report
Extended Hours and Extended Access Appointments
We offer appointments from 18:30pm at the surgery for patient's who require a later appointment. We also offer Extended Access appointments after 18:30pm on weekdays and on Saturday mornings. These are in conjunction with other local surgeries and you may see another GP at another practice. They will have access to your medical notes. Please ask reception for further details
When booking your appointment, please state you would like an extended hours appointment.