Covid-19 and our hospitals

An update from the Trust’s Medical Director.

We can confirm that we are currently caring for our first patient who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Doncaster Royal Infirmary and a separate patient who has also tested positive a Bassetlaw Hospital.

Those who have been in contact with the patient have been given health information about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become symptomatic, as well as advice regarding self-isolation.

Dr Tim Noble, Medical Director at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “As a Trust, we have put the necessary precautions and safeguards in place and our clinicians are working to national guidance to ensure they are compliant with Infection Prevention and Control measures to minimise any associated risks.

“Earlier this week, we restricted our visiting hours, and we have started to significantly scale back outpatient and elective appointments and procedures. Patients who require urgent and emergency care should still use appropriate services.

“The best advice for our local residents is to wash their hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use, and discard, tissues if you cough or sneeze. These are the best steps that we can all take to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.”