Southport Hospital have confirmed that they are testing any patients showing any symptoms of COVID-19.
The hospital, on Town Lane in Kew, has also created a special area within A&E for patients with suspected symptoms.
Trish Armstrong-Child, who has been at the head of the Trust since December 2019 said:
“I can confirm that any patients presenting to Southport A&E displaying symptoms of COVID 19 are being tested.
“We have a designated area within A&E for patients with suspected symptoms.
“If patients require admission we do have designated isolation and cohort wards where patients are being transferred to until we receive the results of swabs.”
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COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It is caused by coronavirus.
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a cough, a high temperature and shortness of breath. Simple measures like washing your hands often with soap and water can help stop viruses like coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading.
Southport and Ormskirk hospitals began restricting visiting from Wednesday following
Government coronavirus advice to avoid all unnecessary contact and travel.
Families and friends of patients with either suspected or confirmed Covid-19 (coronavirus)
infection are asked not to visit either hospital other than in exceptional circumstances.
For all other patients visiting is restricted to a named individual for one hour a day.
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Separate arrangements will apply to the following:
Maternity and women in labour – one partner per patient
Child inpatients – one carer per child
Accident and emergency department – one person per patient
Visitors with symptoms relating to Covid-19, including a cough or temperature, must not
visit hospital and follow the guidance issued by NHS111.
Anyone with any symptoms relating to a stomach upset, including diarrhoea and/or
vomiting, should also stay away.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “Having written to Southport & Ormskirk Hospital Trust immediately following concerning reports that they may not be conducting coronavirus tests or isolating patients, I am pleased to hear from the Trust’s Chief Executive that they are actively testing patients and taking the necessary precautions to protect other patients at the hospital.”