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Bretton Medical Practice closed temporarily after positive Covid-19 tests

Bretton Medical Practice has closed temporarily due to staffing issues relating to four positive Covid-19 tests within the team over the past week.
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Bretton Medical Centre has closed due to a covid-19 case (photo: Google Street)

The medical centre previously confirmed it was reducing their clinics due to staffing issues, but have since made the decision to close the practice temporarily. 

Octagon Medical Practice shared the news on social media, writing: "Following guidance from NHS England with regard to positive Covid-19 results (track and trace guidelines) and self-isolation regimes we have limited capacity to keep the centre open for the next week to ten days."

They explained they would be deploying staff to other sites to allow for the maximum level of service and minimum disruption for Bretton patients.

Patients are advised to call Bretton which will divert them to one of the other four Peterborough locations. People who have had appointments booked in over the next few days will receive a call to discuss moving the appointment to a new location.

The dentist and pharmacy will both remain open as the Covid-19 cases at Bretton Medical Practice and low staffing will not have affected them. 

In the statement released on social media, Octagon added: "We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and have put in place a plan to ensure we can offer the best possible service to patients at this difficult time.

"We would like to confirm that every step to minimise risk at all of our sites, including Bretton, have been followed since the outbreak of Covid-19. We would like to confirm that it is extremely unlikely that any cross infection has occurred between staff and patients as full protective equipment has been used in all clinical interactions and settings and shielding between patients and reception staff has always been in place."

In the initial announcement to explain to patients they were short-staffed, Octagon wrote: "We are sad to say a number of staff from Octagon at Bretton Medical Practice have tested positive for coronavirus over the weekend. Currently nobody is seriously unwell, however this means a number of other staff have to self-isolate leaving us extremely short staffed.

"As all Clinical and Non-Clinical staff are adhering to NHS England guidance with appropriate PPE usage and cleaning regimes in place there is minimal risk to patients."