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Coronavirus pods at Harrogate District Hospital

Coronavirus pods at Harrogate District Hospital

Published by May Norman at 6:12am 17th February 2020.

Coronavirus pods installed at Harrgate District Hospital

  • Health bosses across the Harrogate district have issued some advice around the coronavirus.
  • Special isolation pods have been put in place at A&E in Harrogate District Hospital for anyone attending hospital with symptoms of the virus.
  • The move follows national advice and is a picture seen at all UK hospitals.

Coronavirus pods have been installed at Harrogate District Hospital.

They're in A&E and will be used to keep anyone showing symptoms of the virus isolated from other patients.

Robert Harrison, Chief Operating Officer at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said:  

“Following national guidance all hospitals are putting in place NHS 111 pods at their emergency departments, so that anyone attending hospital with symptoms of the virus can be kept isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E.

“Over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus's spread. Everyone can continue to play their part by taking simple steps such as washing hands to prevent the spread of infection and calling NHS 111 first before going to the doctors or A&E if they have any concerns about or show symptoms of coronavirus.”

Other Coronavirus information

  • NHS 111 pods will only need to be decontaminated if a patient shows symptoms of the virus.
  • The NHS is trialling swabbing in the community with the view to roll out nationally to make this process quicker and easier.

Travellers from Wuhan and Hubei Province

If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area

Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus.

Travellers from other parts of China and other specified areas

This advice applies to travellers who have returned to the UK from the following areas:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Macau

If you have returned to the UK from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
  • The most up to date information on coronavirus, including travel information on countries affected, can be found here.

Patients are safe to be discharged from isolation once they have had two negative respiratory tests for the coronavirus, twenty-four hours apart – this means they are no longer infectious and pose no risk to the public.​