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Coronavirus: Great Ormond Street Hospital suspends cardiac surgery for two weeks after staff member tests positive

Staff and patients told to keep coming in to rest of hospital and majority of services 'unaffected'

10 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot

PLANNED surgery and appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been suspended for a fortnight after a healthcare professional tested positive for coronavirus.

The staff member was working in the cardiology department of the world famous specialist children’s hospital in Bloomsbury.

Patients who came into contact with the staff member will be contacted directly by the hospital managers, a statement from the NHS trust added.

All appointments for non-essential cardiac procedures and planned surgery have been suspended for two weeks to ensure “staff and patient” safety.

A statement said: “We would like to reassure our families that anybody who came into close contact with this individual is being informed and will be offered advice. The majority of services are unaffected and all essential treatment is being carried out, and to ensure patient and staff safety the cardiology department will not be carrying out non-essential cardiac procedures including surgery and outpatients.”

“This is for a period of two weeks from today (Monday March 9) and will be subject to daily review. Any patient affected by this change will be contacted directly.

“The trust is working with Public Health England and implementing NHS guidance to control risk from the virus. Patients and staff should continue to attend appointments normally and come into work unless they are unwell or advised not to.”

Public information on how to avoid coronavirus is available at nhs.uk. For advice or to find out about getting tested for coronavirus in Camden visit the NHS 111 online service, or call 111.

 

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