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Two coronavirus patients in isolation at Treliske

Two coronavirus patients in isolation at Treliske

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:43am 17th March 2020. (Updated at 7:37am 17th March 2020)

Two patients who have tested positive for coronavirus are currently in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

Treliske has confirmed that they are currently being treated on site in 'isolated conditions'.

Bosses insist that highly experienced staff are well equipped to deal with the situation.

They say there is no risk to other patients, visitors and staff and Treliske's services are running as normal.

It comes as the last figures from Public Health England shows the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Cornwall now stands at eight.

"We have highly experienced doctors, nurses and other staff who are appropriately trained and equipped to deal with this effectively."

Medical Director, Dr Allister Grant

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has also implemented new visitor restrictions amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

RCHT says it is to help protect the community and keep hospitals running.

Reduced visiting times:

Visiting times on all wards have been altered to 2pm – 7pm. Treliske says:

  • We recognise there will be exceptional circumstances for some patients and we would ask these are discussed with the Ward Leader/Nurse in Charge.
  • We recommend you visit your family member/loved one for no longer than one hour.
  • We ask that children under the age of 16 do not attend the hospital to visit a family member/loved one, unless there are special circumstances. If so, please contact the ward before leaving home to visit the hospital.
  • We are restricting visits to one person per bed space at any time.

"When you come into our hospitals you will be expected use the hand sanitiser gels available at all entrances.  Then, when you come into a ward, you will be directed to wash your hands thoroughly for 20 seconds. We would ask you to do the same on leaving the ward.

"Alongside this, we ask you to consider carefully the potential risk to others before you travel to the hospital, and whether your journey is completely necessary – you can carry the virus without showing any symptoms.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause in the short term. Our aim in asking for your help is to ensure we can continue to deliver safe patient care by reducing the risk of spreading the virus, so that we can keep our beds open and protect our staff to care for our patients.

"Our hospitals are open as usual. 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.

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

Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

The latest information on the outbreak of coronavirus, including information about the virus and its symptoms can be found here.

If you are concerned about any symptoms do not come to hospital or go to your GP surgery. Use the online NHS 111 Coronavirus Service or if you are unable to use the internet you can telephone 111.

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