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Coronavirus Testing at Scarborough Hospital

Coronavirus Testing at Scarborough Hospital

Published by Jon Burke at 11:21am 17th March 2020.

Some patients at Scarborough Hospital are being tested for coronavirus.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has released this statement:

"It is no longer needed for us to identify every case now that we are in the Government’s delay stage.  Instead we have moved to a situation where those in self-isolation don’t need testing, and testing capacity has shifted to those in hospitals showing symptoms. 

The Trust is preparing for the impact of COVID-19 coronavirus and following national guidance our hospitals at York and Scarborough have put in place isolation wards so that when patients are admitted to hospital with suspected symptoms of the virus they can be kept isolated from other patients. This will help minimise the risk to patients and staff, help prevent the spread of the virus and ensure we can appropriately manage their care.

We are currently caring for a number of patients who have been admitted with respiratory illnesses, who as a precaution are being tested for the COVID-19 infection. They are being safely cared for by our highly skilled team at Scarborough Hospital and all of the appropriate protection measures are in place.”

The Public Health England advice is:

“Everybody can take simple steps to stay well, including good basic hygiene especially washing your hands regularly, using hot water and soap or alcohol hand rub.  If you sneeze or cough or have a winter cold, blow your nose then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands so germs don’t spread.”

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