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West Suffolk Hospital treating patient with coronavirus

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has confirmed it is treating a patient with coronavirus.

A statement on the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust's website said: "We are currently treating one patient with confirmed COVID-19, or Coronavirus, at West Suffolk Hospital.

"Every infection prevention precaution is being taken and staff caring for the patient are trained and equipped to do so safely. The patient is in isolation."

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (32175926)
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. (32175926)

It encouraged people to visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 to find out what the symptoms are and how to help prevent the spread.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Suffolk stands at 18.

Dr Nick Jenkins, the trust's medical director, said: “Everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of infection. Please help by following the public health advice.

“To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

“Patients who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital, as should patients with appointments unless contacted and told otherwise.”

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