A Somerset hospital has stopped accepting new patients due to a high number of coronavirus cases.
Weston General Hospital has implemented temporary measures, which extend to its A&E service, at 8:00 am BST to “maintain the safety of patients and staff.”
His NHS trust described it as a “precautionary measure,” and arrangements were made for new patients to be treated elsewhere.
Medical director Dr William Oldfield said the situation was under investigation.
“We currently have a high number of patients with Covid-19,” he said.
“Although the vast majority entered the hospital with Covid-19, as an additional precaution, we have taken a proactive measure to temporarily stop accepting new patients in order to maintain the safety of patients and staff. “
Dr. Oldfield, of University Hospitals Bristol and the Weston NHS Foundation Trust, said a “robust” coronavirus screening program was in place to allow patients and staff to quickly identify cases.
He added that current hospital patients continue to receive care, while trust partners are working to give new patients treatment in “the right setting”.
The trust said alternative services included walk-in treatment facilities for minor injuries in Clevedon, Yate and Bristol.