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Medical centre in Bewbush Crawley closes after discovery of patient suspected with coronavirus

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The Bewbush Medical Centre has had to close today (11th March) after a patient who attended the centre showed symptoms of the coronavirus.

The centre confirmed that one the suspected case was detected they made the decision to close immediately.

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A member of staff said that the centre would likely not reopen until tomorrow afternoon (12th March).

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They also confirmed that a deep clean was being undertaken and stressed that anyone who is displaying any symptoms should call 111 and not come into any GP surgery.

The centre also stressed that the patient was only ‘suspected’ of carrying the virus and was only displaying symptoms, there has been no confirmation that they have indeed been infected.

Cases of the coronavirus jumped to 456 today with six deaths and this afternoon it was classed as a pandemic. So far only three people in West Sussex have been confirmed to have the virus.

You can view the LIVE tracking map of the virus here.

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Local volunteers drive GPs to essential home visits in Crawley

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Image: Dr Phoebe Danes and volunteer Chris Ball.

Local volunteers have stepped up to help drive clinicians to home visits during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative was launched by local GP federation Alliance for Better Care, who have rented black cabs to provide essential transport for clinicians attending patients’ homes. 

The taxis, which have been adapted to make them easier to clean, are driven by volunteer drivers who have come forward via various community Facebook groups.

Thanks to the layout of the cab, drivers are completely separated from the clinician who is also afforded extra space in the cab to put on PPE and write up notes. 

Matt Cullis, practice manager at Leacroft Medical Practice said:

“Our surgery is still open to treat patients, however, home visits have become particularly important for those who are shielding and not wanting to leave their homes. This service saves us time and allows our doctors to travel to appointments in an environment that can be easily cleaned and has room to put on PPE.”

Alliance for Better Care is the GP federation for Crawley, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and East Surrey and so far the project has been rolled out at Leacroft Surgery in Crawley and throughout Burgess Hill, with plans to extend it to East Grinstead and Horley in the coming weeks.

Katherine Saunders, ABC chief executive said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the number of volunteers who have come forward and we’d like to thank them all for offering to support this service. We are, of course, committed to protecting both our volunteers and our clinicians. We insure drivers and carry out all necessary checks while also providing PPE. This is a valuable resource for our clinicians, and increases our capacity to reach more patients.”

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