We can confirm that three positive cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have been identified at QEH.
An extensive ‘contact tracing’ exercise is now under way to trace anyone who might have had close (face to face) contact with these patients who have now tested positive for COVID-19. This includes patients, their relatives and staff.
Close contacts to the patients concerned will be given health advice about symptoms and details of what to do if they become unwell in the 14 days after they had contact with the confirmed case. This tried and tested method will ensure that any risk to them is minimised and the wider public is protected.
To protect our patients, visitors and staff, the Trust has taken the decision today (Saturday 14 March) to restrict visiting to our wards as a strengthened measure until further notice. Exceptions include visitors to Children’s Wards, Maternity and Neonates and relatives and friends visiting patients who are approaching end of life. We have asked our Ward Managers to use their discretion when giving access to visitors.
Based on current evidence, Covid-19 presents with flu-like symptoms. People are being advised to stay at home for 7 days if you have either:
- A high temperature
- A new continuous cough
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.
QEH’s Chief Nurse, Libby McManus said: “To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
She added: “Patients with appointments or who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital unless they are informed otherwise by the hospital.”