Lancing GP surgery temporarily closed due to coronavirus concerns

On February 12, A GP surgery in Lancing closed temporarily due to concerns linked to the coronavirus outbreak

This is an edited version of an article first published by the Worthing Herald 

Practice manager Debbie Lawton said: “We were closed for three hours today as a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus.

“We took appropriate advice from Public Health England and we were advised to close to have a deep-clean.

“We are now fully operational and the surgery is fully cleaned.”

The surgery staff did not confirm how the closure was linked to the existing cases of coronavirus diagnosed in Sussex.

After one of two infected GPs was confirmed to have worked at Worthing Hospital’s A&E department yesterday, Public Health England has been contacting patients and staff that may have come into contact with them in an effort to contain the spread.

Two GP surgeries in Brighton where the two infected GPs worked have also been deep cleaned and reopened.

Anyone who is concerned about coronavirus can contact NHS 111 for advice. Do not go to A&E or your GP if you are experiencing symptoms.

Public Health England gave the following advice:

– 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.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

– Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

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