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Rise in Covid-19 cases closes Weston General to new admissions

Weston General Hospital has stopped accepting new patients – after a rise in cases of Covid 19 being treated there.

The decision, announced yesterday, also includes not accepting new patients into its A&E.

Bosses say arrangements are in place for patients to be treated in other places.

They say the decision is a precaution to protect the safety of staff and patients at the site.

A spokesperson said the 'precautionary measure' has been clinically-led and is 'supported by partners across the wider Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire health and care system'.

Dr William Oldfield, medical director at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, added: “As with any hospital, the number of patients with COVID-19 will frequently change as people are admitted and discharged.

“We currently have a high number of patients with Covid-19 in Weston General Hospital. Whilst the vast majority will have come into the hospital with Covid-19, as an extra precaution we have taken the proactive step to temporarily stop accepting new patients to maintain patient and staff safety.

“This is a clinically-led decision and we are being supported by our system partners to ensure that new patients receive the care and treatment they need in the appropriate setting, and we are continuing to provide high quality care to existing patients who are being treated in the hospital.

“We have a robust coronavirus testing programme in place for patients and staff to identify cases quickly, with appropriate measures taken by clinical teams as required.

“We will keep the situation under constant review.”

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