Royal Stoke treats it’s first coronavirus patient

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As Coronavirus has seen it’s biggest UK rise in one day today taking the total of confirmed cases up to 87 Royal Stoke university hospital have confirmed they are now treating a patient with Covid-19.

In a message to staff chief executive Tracy Bullock has confirmed that a patient is being treated at the Hartshill site.

Royal Stoke University hospital has a specific infectious disease centre and is part of the national response to Coronavirus.

The message says they they expect to be treating more and that well tested plans are in place to treat the patient in isolation and that there is no risk to other visitors and patients.

Rose Gallagher from the Royal College of Nursing says the NHS is prepared for the situation to get worse.

The government’s started a public information campaign urging people to wash their hands to prevent the outbreak getting worse.

In a statement university hospital of north midlands trust said

We are currently treating a patient as part of the national response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Royal Stoke University Hospital is one of a small number of hospitals supporting specialist centres in England that treat people with very infectious diseases.

Patients are treated in isolation, so there is no risk to any other patients or visitors.

All of our services remain open as usual, so if you have a hospital appointment please attend as planned