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.
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.
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.
Booster vaccination information
The COVID-19 booster programme is only being delivered through some GP Primary Care Networks/ Practices, some Pharmacies and designated vaccination centres.
Kirby Road Surgery is NOT currently vaccinating for COVID-19 boosters at the surgery, and therefore cannot give vaccinations or book booster appointments. We will notify our patients when we are offering this service.
However, walk-in vaccinations are available at Dunstable Health Centre from 1pm- 6pm Monday- Thursday THIS WEEK (20th – 23rd Dec).
No appointment necessary. Walk-in slots for all adults aged 18 years and over, eligible for a 1st, 2nd, booster or 4th dose (If 4th dose, you need to bring your letter).
This service is also available to those who are currently not registered at a Surgery in Dunstable, so please let people know that they are welcome to visit the Health Centre for their vaccination.
Free parking is also available!
You can find a list of the Pharmacies and Large Vaccination Centres dispensing the booster vaccine on this website by clicking this link: Pharmacy and Vaccination sites