24 Hammersmith Hospital staff self-isolate after two patients test positive for coronavirus


By Owen Sheppard, local democracy reporterTwenty-four staff in the intensive care unit at Hammersmith Hospital are self-isolating as a precaution after potential exposure to Covid-19.

This is believed to have happened after two patients, who arrived with issues unrelated to Covid, were admitted to the ICU.

Both patients were believed to be free from Covid, but subsequently tested positive.

It is not known if any of the 24 ICU staff have since tested positive.

Imperial College London Healthcare NHS Trust said staff absences “had not affected” their capacity in the Hammersmith Hospital ICU.

A spokesperson for the Trust said: ‘We are ready to respond to the growing number of Covid-19 cases nationwide and to put in place comprehensive internal testing and tracing procedures to help ensure the safety of our staff and our patients.

“It helps us react quickly if a patient tests positive for Covid-19 unexpectedly to make sure there is no further spread of the virus.

“As a precaution, 24 Hammersmith ICU staff have been asked to self-isolate recently following potential contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, in accordance with our usual policies.

“It has not impacted our critical care capacity as we have also put in place strong plans to support and cover cases where staff need to self-isolate.”

On Wednesday last week, the Trust confirmed it had 55 patients who tested positive, including 13 on ventilators.

Those figures included patients from the Trust’s other two major hospitals in west London, Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital.

Above photo: Hammersmith Hospital

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