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Coronavirus Guidance

The NHS in Bedfordshire and Public Health England (PHE) 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.

The advice from the Cabinet office is:

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert.

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.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do, is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do 

Advice for children:

A Covid-19 parental advice leaflet for Bedfordshire is available here. This includes information on where and how to seek help when your child is unwell.


Guidance on social distancing and protecting the vulnerable is available here, including translated versions in various languages - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing 

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others is available here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-alert-and-safe-social-distancing 

Guidance for staying safe outside your home, is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/staying-safe-outside-your-home/staying-safe-outside-your-home#keep-your-hands-and-face-as-clean-as-possible

If you have a medical condition which makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register whether or not you need support. More information is available here.

If you have 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

Please click here for an easy read guide to symptoms.

Do not go to a GP surgery, walk-in centre, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

Further information regarding coronavirus is available in alternative formats below:

Large Print Coronavirus Advice Poster

Easy Read Coronavirus Advice Poster

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.

More information can be found on the NHS website here.


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