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Coronavirus UK: Nurse in hospital training caused an outbreak

An infected nurse at a training event where staff were not wearing masks or abiding by social distance rules caused a Covid-19 outbreak at a London hospital, insiders say.

Hillingdon Hospital in the west of the capital – in Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and Ruislip constituency – began diverting ambulances to other hospitals on July 7.

The A&E remained open to public walk-ins, but hospital bosses revealed that at least 70 employees isolated themselves, and “some” of them had tested positive for Covid-19.

It has now been alleged that a training session on June 30 was the cause of the outbreak, and nurses who went not all wore masks or remained socially distant.

A nurse who was present was infected at the time and passed the coronavirus to 16 colleagues during a ‘super spreading’ event, The Guardian reported.

There are still special measures in the hospital and the emergency ambulances have to go to other A & Es in the area. A doctor said the event had been a “disastrous” idea.

Hillingdon Hospital is one of the hospitals that had to temporarily close units to the public. Confidence said the claims about the staff were incorrect and an investigation is ongoing.

Hillingdon Hospital (pictured) began diverting ambulances on July 7 due to confirmed cases of coronavirus among personnel. More than a week later, the rule is still in effect

Hillingdon Hospital (pictured) began diverting ambulances on July 7 due to confirmed cases of coronavirus among personnel. More than a week later, the rule is still in effect

WHAT OTHER HOSPITALS ARE CLOSED INCLUDES COVID-19?

Hillingdon Hospital – which employs 3,500 staff – is not the first hospital to be closed due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

WESTON GENERAL HOSPITAL

The Weston General Hospital in Somerset shut down all new patients for three weeks due to an outbreak. It only reopened in mid-June.

At the peak of the crisis, 40 percent of staff reportedly had symptoms of coronavirus, such as coughing, fever, or loss of taste or smell.

ROYAL LANCASTER INFIRMARY

Royal Lancaster Infirmary closed its children’s ward last month after dozens of staff were forced to isolate themselves with coronavirus symptoms.

NORTHWICK PARK HOSPITAL

Northwick Park hospital in Harrow was forced to report a “critical incident” in March after the intensive care beds for Covid-19 patients were used up.

A health official who was aware of an investigation into the outbreak told The Guardian, “Social distance is very important in this pandemic, so it is worrying to find that it was not done by an NHS trust.

“They shouldn’t be breaking any social distance rules at this time.

‘This one [training sessions] should not happen with the current social distance and I am sure confidence will draw lessons from that. These situations can be avoided. ‘

A separate senior doctor at the hospital said the indoor event was “disastrous” and “turned into a super-spread event.”

Insiders have alleged that during the event, not all nurses kept the social distance rules and not all wore masks, which are now mandatory in all hospitals.

They added that the social distance during a lunch break during the meeting decreased even more, and three staff have since required hospital treatment for Covid-19.

One of them was the initially infected nurse who is believed to have contracted the virus from a patient being treated in the hospital, Guardian sources said.

And just days after the training took place, hospital director Sarah Tedford emailed staff to remind them of the importance of social distance and wearing masks.

The hospital said the claims about the super-spreading event were inaccurate and said in a statement, “There is an ongoing investigation into the Covid-19 outbreak at Hillingdon Hospital.

Hillingdon Hospital is located in the constituency of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Uxbridge and South Ruislip

Hillingdon Hospital is located in the constituency of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Uxbridge and South Ruislip

Hillingdon Hospital is located in the constituency of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Uxbridge and South Ruislip

KEY WORKERS PUGGED BY POTHOLE ROADS

Stepped roads caused hundreds of key-figure vehicles to fail during the lock, figures show.

Between April and June, RAC patrols were called up for 1,766 pothole-related incidents, although traffic was down 60 percent. Those still on the road were mainly key figures.

The automotive group said they were surprised by the large number of accidents at a time when the network was the quietest since the mid-1950s.

Potholes accounted for 1 percent of all breakdowns from April to June, or about 20 incidents a day. This is the same percentage as in the same period in 2019.

Many local authorities had pledged to use the standstill to repair some of the crumbling roads.

The RAC said the evidence from the large number of pothole incidents proves that the road condition “has not improved significantly.”

Due to lockdown, the number of pit accidents in the past three months was lower than in the first quarter of the year, when patrols rescued 3,426 drivers who had suffered damage to the pit, such as broken shock absorbers.

The figures will put pressure on the government that has pledged to spend £ 2.5 billion on repairing 50 million potholes over the next five years.

“Our priority is to maintain safe and quality care, and confidence takes appropriate measures to reduce transmission in accordance with Public Health England guidelines.”

On July 7, the bosses at Hillingdon Hospital stopped accepting ambulance patients in the emergency department and moved to other hospitals in the city instead.

The rule is still in effect, but non-999 patients who bring themselves to the emergency department – who are generally not at risk of death – can still be treated.

A statement of confidence at the time read: “On Tuesday, July 7, 70 staff members were isolated, several of whom tested positive for Covid-19.

“As a result, the trust has taken the precautionary decision to close Hillingdon Hospital for ambulances and emergency admissions.”

The statement added, “Confidence manages the outbreak in accordance with Public Health England guidelines.”

Confidence told MailOnline that any impact on patient care is “kept to an absolute minimum and care for our current patients is not disrupted.”

It is currently unclear whether patients have been infected or for how long it will be closed for new emergency admissions.

10 Downing Street said last week that Boris Johnson, an MP for the area, had contacted the hospital.

His official spokesman said, “The prime minister was in contact with the hospital [on Tuesday] in his capacity as a local Member of Parliament to check that the hospital has the support it needs. ‘

The incident is under investigation by bosses of hospital trust and Public Health England.

Hillingdon Hospital – with 3,500 employees – also serves residents of Ealing, Harrow, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.

It is not the first hospital to be forced to close due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

The Weston General Hospital in Somerset shut down all new patients for three weeks due to an outbreak. It only reopened in mid-June.

At the peak of the crisis, 40 percent of staff reportedly had symptoms of coronavirus, such as coughing, fever, or loss of taste or smell.

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