Health bosses at Royal Stoke University Hospital have revealed the first patient in Stoke-on-Trent is being treated for coronarivus.
The Hartshill medical facility has a specialist infections diseases unit that is currently being manned by specialist medics to help with the national response to coronavirus.
Public Health England has now confirmed 87 people in the UK have coronavirus – marking the biggest day-on-day increase in cases.
In a message to Royal Stoke staff – and seen by StokeonTrentLive – chief executive Tracy Bullock has now confirmed the hospital is treating a patient for coronavirus with ‘more likely’ in days to come.
She said: “As you are aware Royal Stoke is very lucky to have a specialist Infectious Disease Unit ward which is run by highly skilled and professional staff.
“As such we are part of the national response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and as expected we are now currently treating a patient for coronavirus and it is likely that we will be treating more in the days to come.
“We have well-tested plans in place to care for this patient and other cases as they arrive. Patients are treated in isolation and there is no risk to other patients or visitors.
“Operational and clinical teams know what they need to do and relevant staff will receive regular communications as appopriate.
“There is a lot of national press coverage and speculation about coronavirus and it is very important that we manage our own communications properly so we don’t cause any unncessary confusion or anxiety among our own workforce and the public.”
The statement email continues to explain to staff members how they can avoid the spread of coronavirus.
It adds: “Whilst it is sensible to limit unncessary physical contact such as shaking hands, please remember that people will be anxious at the moment and we need to continue to keep treating them with the compassion that is our trademark.
“Please remember, that basic thorough hand hygeine and following our usual infection, prevention and control policies is probably the single most effect thing we can do in protecting ourselves.”
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