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Treliske tests patients for coronavirus

Treliske tests patients for coronavirus

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:19pm 13th March 2020. (Updated at 3:32am 14th March 2020)

Cornwall's main hospital has revealed that patients HAVE been tested for coronavirus but NONE have been positive.

The Royal Cornwall has released a new statement after callers to Pirate FM, asking to remain anonymous, claimed cases had been confirmed at Treliske.

Bosses say that is NOT the case and that hospitals within the trust are open as normal.

Pirate FM asked if any patients had been isolated.

A spokesperson for the RCHT said anyone with potential symptoms is initially treated and tested as they would be for flu, and that there are different criteria as to whether they would be kept in isolation.

In a statement, the hospital said it is following infection and control procedures as a precaution.

"Our hospitals are open as usual and we are not currently caring for anyone with confirmed coronavirus. Like all hospitals we will see patients with possible symptoms and are following precautionary infection prevention and control procedures.
"Patients should come for appointments as planned. If they are concerned about any symptoms they have of a recent cough or temperature they should not come to hospital and get advice online here.

"The same advice applies to visitors who must not come to our hospitals if they are unwell."

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

It comes as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Duchy currently stands at five.

No details have been released about where the patients live in Cornwall but four had recently travelled to Italy.

Cornwall Council and Public Health England insist they are doing everything they can to try and stop the spread.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

People should stay at home for seven days if they have either:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough

"Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital," the NHS website adds. "You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home."

When should I call 111?

The NHS is asking people to use its 111 online service if:

  • You cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after seven days
  • People are asked to phone 111 only if they cannot get help online.

You can find more information from the NHS here.

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