coronavirus

Staff at St Mary’s Hospital have told Isle Of Wight Radio a coronavirus ‘pod’ has been established as a precaution.

NHS England requested the pods be created across the country to provide a safe location and isolation facility for anyone showing symptoms of the virus.

If you are suffering a cough, fever or shortness of breath and have recently returned from one of the specified countries, you’re advised to call 111 before visiting the Hospital.

Anyone returning from Wuhan, China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days should stay indoors.

An NHS spokesperson said:

“Anyone returning from Hubei province in the last 14 days should stay indoors, avoid contact with other people and call NHS 111 whether or not they are showing symptoms.

“Anyone with a cough, fever, or shortness of breath who attends hospital and has recently returned from one of the specified countries, will be advised to follow signs to NHS 111 pods and call for advice, igso they stay isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E.”