Coronavirus: latest information and advice
The NHS in Milton Keynes 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 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.
Latest guidance for primary care https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wn-cov-guidance-for-primary-care
Stony Medical Centre
This is a partnership of five doctors and one salaried doctor working from the Health Centre in Market Square, Stony Stratford, the first purpose built Health Centre in Milton Keynes, having opened in 1974.
We believe that a group practice such as ours provides a choice of personal care from doctors with a wide range of medical interests.
Stony Medical Centre will strive to provide a high quality General Practitioner service to the patients of our practice.
The patients of Stony Medical Centre will have a registered doctor and through this we aim to provide a high quality service based around an old fashioned approach valuing continuity of care.
We have local knowledge and are committed to provide a locally delivered service in a safe and holistic environment.
Stony Medical Centre will work hard to protect the rights of our patients to receive a high quality service that is available to all. In this financially compromised climate we will work hard to maintain the ability for all to receive GP care by developing other services that will allow us to support GP services for our patients.
We intend to work to ensure we reside in a building fit for purpose, that meets the needs of the community, the patients and our staff. Our future premises should provide Stony Medical Centre with the potential to deliver new services that will support our desire to provide high quality general practitioner services to all.
We will continue to work with training organisations to remain a centre of excellence for the doctors of the future.
We will respect all our patients irrespective of age, ability/disability, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, treating them with courtesy and professionalism at all times and we expect and trust that our patients will return this courtesy to all staff and other users of the building.
Please download our Patient Information Leaflet:
Practice Leaflet_Feb 2019
(Site updated 14/02/2020)