Resort hospital closes doors for new patients after coronavirus outbreak


A HOSPITAL in a seaside town closed its doors this morning after an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

Weston General Hospital in Somerset stopped receiving new patients from 8 a.m. this morning – including in A&E.

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Weston General Hospital closed to new patients this morningCredit: London News Pictures

The hospital’s confidence assured that the move was a precautionary measure due to the high number of patients with coronavirus in the hospital.

The trust added that arrangements have been made for new patients to receive care in other locations.

New patients were told that they could use the NHS 111 service to refer to other general practitioners’ offices.

In April, at the height of the coronavirus crisis, Watford General Hospital temporarily told patients not to report even in an emergency when it declared a “critical incident”.

Dr. William Oldfield, medical director of Bristol University Hospitals and the Weston NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As with any hospital, the number of patients with COVID-19 will change frequently as people are admitted and released.

“We currently have a high number of COVID-19 patients at Weston General Hospital.

“While the vast majority will enter the hospital with COVID-19, as an additional precaution, we have taken the proactive step of temporarily stopping accepting new patients to maintain the safety of patients and staff.

“This is a clinically driven decision and we are supported by our system partners to ensure that new patients receive the care and treatment they need in the right setting.

“We continue to provide high quality care to existing patients who are being treated at the hospital.

“We have implemented a solid coronavirus screening program so that patients and staff can quickly identify cases, with appropriate action taken by clinical teams if necessary.

“We will keep the situation under constant review. “

A zoologist who has family in Weston said that the increasing number of visitors to the city has caused an increase in Covid-19 cases.

She said visitors came and crowded the beaches and illegally parked on the roads.

Dr. Naomi Harvey tweeted, “I have a family in Weston who has been reporting for a week and a half that there has been a disturbing wave of visitors to the city, gathering on the beaches and leaving cars illegally parked on the roads.

“I can’t help but think it’s the result of all of this. “

She is the only doctor who seems to attribute the increase in cases to visitors who come to the beach.

The current lockdown rules for England allow Britons to go to the beach to sunbathe as long as they are able to follow social distancing measures.


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