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The NHS hospital in Boris Johnson constituency shuts down the A&E due to a Covid-19 outbreak

NHS Hospital in Boris Johnson constituency shuts down A&E for emergency admissions after Covid-19 outbreak left 70 employees in self-isolation

  • Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge started diverting ambulances last night
  • But walking in victim patients is still being treated, according to reports
  • Hospital bosses today revealed that 70 staff members are now isolating themselves

A hospital in the prime minister’s constituency has been closed to emergency admissions due to a coronavirus outbreak among its staff, it was revealed today.

Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge started diverting ambulances last night and sent patients to other NHS hospitals in London.

But walking in victim patients – whose circumstances are not life-threatening – are still being treated, according to reports.

Hospital bosses today revealed that 70 members of staff isolate themselves, and “some of them” have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge started diverting ambulances last night and sent patients to other NHS hospitals in London

Hillingdon Hospital in Uxbridge started diverting ambulances last night and sent patients to other NHS hospitals in London

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

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.

Mr. Johnson has contacted the hospital in his capacity as a local MP, Downing Street said.

His official spokesman said, “The Prime Minister, as a local MP, contacted the hospital yesterday to verify that the hospital had the support it needed.”

In a statement, the Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust – which runs the hospital – The independent an outbreak of Covid-19 was declared on Friday.

It said, “As of Tuesday, July 7, 70 staff members isolated, a number 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.

Officials have also not revealed to which hospitals the emergency patients will be transferred. Other departments would still be open.

According to the trust’s CEO, Sarah Tedford, she treated the outbreak with “utmost seriousness” Evening standard.

In a message to staff this morning, she reportedly said a number of staff in part of Hillingdon hospital had tested positive for Covid-19 or isolate themselves.

The newspaper reports that the outbreak is centered around an eight-bed ward, but it’s unclear what part of the hospital it is in.

Ms. Tedford said, “A number of immediate measures are being taken to limit the spread of the infection.”

This included more cleaning, reviewing infection control procedures, strengthening hand hygiene and strengthening social distance.

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

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 closed 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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