Two cases now confirmed in Ashridge, Buckinghamshire.
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Davenport House in Harpenden has released a statement this morning.
The doctors’ surgery on Bowers Way said: “A patient who attended an appointment at the surgery on the evening of Tuesday, February 26 has since been diagnosed with COVID-19.
“All other patients that were in the surgery at the time have been contacted.
“Following Public Health Guidelines, the surgery has been deep cleaned and there is no risk to patients.
“We are working closely with the CCG and Public Health England to ensure patient safety.”
An NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) spokesperson said: “The practice has taken all appropriate precautionary measures as advised by experts at Public Health England.
“This included contacting the very small number of patients who were on the premises at the time.
“Following that, the practice is fully open as usual.”
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here are some rumors flying around that a medical center has had to close yesterday, in what’s being called “A precautionary Measure”
Luton Today is reporting that a number of patients from the Blenheim Crescent Medical Centre have had the appointments canceled, Luton CCG has not denied reports of a suspected Coronavirus diagnosis for a patient at the practice.
In response to the Luton Today, an NHS spokesman said: “Blenheim Medical Centre is temporarily closed today to enable a clean of the surgery as a routine precautionary measure.
The practice will reopen on Monday 17 February 2020 and patients will be advised if their appointment needs to be rearranged.
“We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused. Safety is our priority and we have been working with public health teams to make sure there is no risk to staff and patients.
“Patients can still contact the Blenheim Medical Centre and urgent cases will be seen at the Link Surgery, patients can also contact NHS111 if they require urgent medical help”
So in brief, it’s not been confirmed but certainly not been denied… Stay cautious and see below the advice fro the NHS website on ways to stay safe.
Below is direct advice from the NHS Website
The NHS 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 hospital 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
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