Coronavirus Update

In light of the Coronavirus situation all face to face GP and minor illness nurse appointments have now been suspended.

If you have a booked appointment with a GP or minor illness nurse please do not attend the surgery. The GP or nurse will telephone you instead at the time of your booking.

Some appointments with the nurses and healthcare assistants for dressings, stitch removal, blood tests, smear tests and vaccinations will go ahead if the patient is well.

If you have any respiratory or flu like symptoms please do not attend. We have closed the gate at the entrance to the surgery, and you will be triaged by a member of the reception team at the gate before you are allowed to enter, to check that you do not have symptoms.

Please co-operate with the surgery team at this time – these measures are in place to protect patients and staff.

Face to face appointments

Due to the current coronavirus situation, we have been advised by public health to disable online book for face to face appointments. All requests for face to face appointments will have to be booked by calling the reception team.

Video consultations are still available to book online. We will re-enable this feature once advised to do so.

NHS Bedfordshire

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.

Anyone who has symptoms of a cough or high temperature, should immediately:

Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people, your whole household with need to self-isolate for 14 days (self-isolation)
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.

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 on their website.