A clinician working at Mount Vernon Hospital believed to have the coronavirus has tested negative.
Initially, the clinician at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood, had tested positive for coronavirus, this was confirmed in a statement by NHS trust.
However, a new statement on its website reads: “After initial PCR testing by Public Health England, subsequent genomic testing shows that the member of staff from Mount Vernon has now proven to be negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“This is obviously a source of relief to the individual in question, and also to those members of staff and patients who had been advised to self-isolate and/or undergo testing.
“We are thankful to colleagues at NHS England and Public Health England who have been in close communication with us, both as they tested, and then supported us as we implemented national guidance.
“Our patients at Mount Vernon will be advised of this information and normal service will resume by Wednesday.
“Based on current evidence, Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to:
“Follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.”
Some patients are presumed positive and counted as confirmed in order to limit the spread of the disease according to a BBC London report via input from Public Health England.
Harrow Online members have been praising medical staff working for the NHS at this challenging time saying: “People working in health and care centre are not less then any soldier. Slute to every one working in health and care.”
Another person said: “hospital workers are very brave, I am impressed with how the NHS is handling this and so far it seems they are making the right decisions”.
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