HEALTH bosses in Bedford have joined up with leaders from Bedford Borough Council to urge residents to ‘play their part’ and abide by new lockdown rules, following a steep rise in new Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions in the town.
Patricia Davies, Accountable Officer for NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Groups said:
“The increase in infections is a cause for concern locally. We’re already seeing more patients that need urgent care as a result of Covid-19, and while we’ve learned so much about the disease in the last six months, there is a risk that unless we take action now, the NHS will come under more pressure than ever this winter.”
She added: “We know that residents have made many significant sacrifices in recent times but it has never been more important for us all to play our part and follow the national restrictions. This will help to protect your friends, family and loved ones.”
Bedford residents were asked to take collective action to slow the increase in Coronavirus cases in the summer, during a ‘deep dive’ into the number of infections by Bedford Borough Council, Public Health, the NHS and the Joint Biosecurity Centre, but despite infections slowing, there has been a resurgence in recent weeks.
Paul Tisi, Joint Medical Director at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “As we head into winter and into the second wave of the pandemic, hospital admissions are climbing steadily and we need to do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable.
“By acting now and following the guidance, you can help reduce the spread of the virus and help keep Covid-19 hospital admissions down.”
While GPs and hospitals are treating more patients with Covid-19, the NHS is continuing to provide health and care services and routine appointments.
Paul Tisi said: “We would urge patients to continue to come forward and get the medical help they need. We have made many changes to the way we operate to keep patients and staff safe so it is important that patients continue to attend their appointments.”
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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Commissioning Collaborative
In November 2018/19, the three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes formed a new Commissioning Collaborative. This partnership, which has created a single executive team leading the three CCGs while retaining their independence and local accountability, enables the executive team to look at commissioning differently and will see the CCGs move towards a more transformational approach – working with partners both within and outside of the NHS to ensure that we deliver the right care locally.
Clinical Commissioning Groups
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for their residents. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
CCG’s are run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All GP practices are members of their CCG.