Author: Local Democracy Reporter David Tooley

Bedford: ‘Don’t believe coronavirus conspiracy theories, Bedford Hospital is filling up with covid-positive patients’

Councillors in Bedford have urged residents not to listen to an “increasingly noisy minority” of COVID conspiracy theorists.

They pointed to a record and increasing number of COVID-positive patients at Bedford Hospital where the number of inpatients has risen from 48 on November 4 to 84 on Wednesday.

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Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes CCGs: Health body’s controversial merger of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes passes one GP’s ‘poo test’

The creation of one single clinical commissioning group covering Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes, has been heavily criticised by local councillors for taking decision-making away from local people.

Those attacks continued at the joint annual meeting of three dying organisations which are being glued together to form the new body that holds the purse strings for hospital and community health services.

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Bedford Hospital set to start trials for cautious release of visitor ban

A meeting also heard yesterday (Monday, 14 September 2020) that the hospital is on the brink of making gentle changes to visitor arrangement in maternity.

David Carter, the chief executive of Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and Liz Lees, the chief nurse, appeared at Bedford Borough Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee to update councillors on how the hospital is coping.

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Healthcare and hospital workers the focus of Bedford’s continuing COVID infection deep dive

A meeting on Thursday (9 July 2020) heard that testing at Bedford Hospital has been speeded up from giving results in “four-to-eight” days, to getting them in two to three hours.

Councillors at Bedford Borough Council’s local outbreak engagement board were considering the interim findings a deep dive investigation involving the council, public health officials and Bedford Hospital.

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Bedford Borough: COVID-busting pavement widening makes it “more hazardous for cyclists” – claim

A claim that pavement widening work in Bedford town centre has made it “more hazardous” for cyclists sparked a robust response.
Cycling campaigner Peter Blakeman told a meeting this week that wider pavements and loading bays to make room for social distancing measures in High Street mean riskier travel on two wheels.

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