The NHS in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, in partnership with Public Health England, 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.
For the latest information, see www.gov.uk/coronavirus
We can all help control the virus. There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:
- Wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face – wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space – stay at least 2 metres apart – or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions
This means you must:
- stay at home as much as possible;
- work from home if you can;
- limit contact with other people;
- keep your distance if you go out
(2 metres apart where possible);
- wash your hands regularly.
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
More information on what you can and can’t do is available here.
Advice for children
Bedfordshire hospitals have published a useful Coronavirus advice leaflet for parents, which includes information on where and how to seek help when your child is unwell.
Public Health England have created flowcharts describing what to do if you think your child is displaying symptoms of coronavirus in Bedfordshire, Milton Keynes and Luton. Please use the download links below for each area.
Guidance on social distancing and protecting people who are at high-risk is available here, which includes full guidance on staying at home and away from others, with translated versions in various languages.
The Government’s website also has guidance for staying safe outside your home.
If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register online, whether or not you need support.
Please do not go to a GP surgery, walk-in centre, pharmacy or hospital if you have any of these coronavirus symptoms.
- A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature).
- A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
More information on what to do if you have symptoms and have to self-isolate is available here.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home;
- your condition gets worse; or
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.
Everyone is being reminded to follow the Public Health England advice.
- 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.