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Bedford Samaritans would like everyone to connect over a virtual cuppa this year as their annual Brew Monday event goes online. This year, Brew Monday is today (18 January), the third Monday in January which is sometimes known as ‘Blue Monday’...
Before March 2020, Marianna Slivnitskaya was a fit and healthy mother of teenage twins with a job in London and a passion for running. She ran regularly with her friends from Transition Coaching, exercised six days a week and was...
Pound coins and money
Bedford Borough Council has paid £6.5million to local businesses that have had to close during lockdown. The automatic payment made on Friday (15 January) is to support businesses with their premises costs and...
Vaccine elderly
People are being warned to be vigilant as a growing number of scams are appearing and asking for people's financial details to register for a COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination Police forces across...
Health chiefs at Bedford Hospital have sought to reassure patients after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated maternity services 'inadequate'. David Carter, chief executive at Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and chief nurse, Liz Lees...
University of Bedfordshire COVID-19 lateral flow testing site
Students at Bedfordshire University are now able to access a COVID-19 (coronavirus) hardship fund if they are struggling due to the ongoing lockdown. The fund is open to all students...
elderly person old age pensioner
Bedfordshire CCG has confirmed to the Bedford Independent that it has begun a rapid campaign to vaccinate all care home residents within Bedford Borough. It follows a call from NHS England...
Newborn baby
Following an inspection in November 2020, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has warned Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that it must make significant and immediate improvements to the maternity services at Bedford Hospital and has served...
A group of councillors have called on all teachers and school staff to have priority access to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine. At last night's full council meeting, Labour Councillors...
vaccine
Bedford's second COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccination centre has opened today (14 January) at the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple on Ford End Road. The centre, which will be run by family...
With Bedford's high infection rates, Bedfordians are all too aware of the pressures the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is having on people and the chief medical officer has reiterated today...
vaccine
Two more vaccination centres are due to open in Bedford in the next few weeks although a meeting heard that one has been delayed because of concerns over traffic problems. Borough mayor Dave Hodgson has urged his colleagues in the NHS...