Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust will be reopening more community services in September. This is following a thorough assessment by the Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Team.

Temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services have been risk-assessed and several changes made to ensure the safety of staff and patients. For example, adapting the buildings in line with national guidelines, adopting social distancing measures and increased hand sanitising for all.

They have also changed the patient flow through buildings where necessary. You must wear a facemask and have your temperature checked before being allowed in. This means more outpatient clinics, paediatric services and the Community Assessment and Treatment service (CATS) at the Trust’s community hubs can now be resumed.

Services will reopen at the Marlow Community Hub on 7 September. Rayners Hedge on 14 September and at Thame Community Hub on 21 September.

Alison Pirfo, Director for Community Transformation, said:

We have met the additional infection control requirements to make these services available to GP-referred patients again. We know how important it is for people to have accessible care close to home. This helps them to live independently for as long as possible. It also avoids unnecessary hospital visits. Our staff have been keen to get back to helping these patients out in the community.

A community hub is a place where different health and social care services can work together, in a way which is best for the local population. These services provide rapid, local care to the people living in the area.

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