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Hospital hunting 115 people after being exposed to coronavirus patient

by LLB Reporter
7th Mar 20 10:47 am

A hospital in Liverpool are desperately looking for 115 people as they have potentially been exposed to a patient who tested positive for coronavirus.

It has been confirmed the patient was unaware they had coronavirus at the time the person attended the clinic at Broadgreen Hospital.

After the patient had left the hospital it was then the test results came back positive for the virus, the trust said.

A spokesperson for the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed they are urgently contacting those affected and have sent out 115 letters to those who attended the hospital on 3 March.

In a statement, the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust said, “We can confirm that a patient attended an outpatient clinic at Broadgreen Hospital on 3 March, shortly before testing positive for Covid-19.

“We have worked with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England to inform and advise a number of people who may have come into contact with this patient.

“The Trust has acted swiftly, following national guidance and strict infection prevention and control protocols.

“Broadgreen Hospital remains open and patients should attend their appointments as planned unless they are unwell.

“For the majority of people the risk from coronavirus is low.”

A spokesperson for the health authority added, “As a precaution, individuals who may have come in to contact with the patient at Broadgreen Hospital have been sent a factsheet with some general advice.

“The risk to them is low, but it is standard practice to share information with them about the symptoms to look out for.

“Any close contacts of confirmed cases are followed up by Public Health colleagues.

“Close contacts are given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases.

“This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.

“If you haven’t been contacted then you don’t need to do anything, other than follow the existing advice for the general public.”

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