The first confirmed case of COVID-19 Coronavirus has been reported at Northwick Park Hospital.
Patients and visitors at the hospital have received letters advising them of the current situation at the hospital, reassuring them that doctors are ‘capable of dealing with the illness’.
The letter reads: “We are writing to let you know that here at Northwick Park we are currently treating patients with a respiratory illness known as novel coronavirus or COVID-19
“Northwick Park Hospital is one of a group of hospitals chosen to care for coronavirus patients. We have experienced doctors, nurses and other staff in the country capable of dealing with this illness.
“While this is a new coronavirus, our doctors have extensive experience of treating infectious diseases – many of which are treated without the level of public interest this has received.
“We also have appropriate facilities designed to provide the best care for patients who have the virus whilst keeping everyone else being treated at Northwick Park Hospital safe.
“If you have any questions about coronavirus or are worried about any aspect of your care please talk to the clinical staff caring for you”.
A London Northwest University Healthcare NHS Trust spokesperson said: “The hospital continues to operate as normal and there has been no restriction on people coming into or leaving Northwick Park”.
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public of Coronavirus from low to moderate.
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus. More information about symptoms, risk of travel and how you can help prevent the spread of the virus can be found here.
Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
1. Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
2. Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
4. Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
5. Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
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