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Great Ormond Street suspends some surgery

‘Healthcare professional’ at children’s hospital tested positive for coronavirus

14 March, 2020 — By Helen Chapman

Testing pods such as this are being placed outside London hospitals

PLANNED surgery and appointments at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been suspended after a “healthcare professional” tested positive for coronavirus.

A staff member had been working in the cardiology department of the world famous specialist children’s hospital in Bloomsbury.

Patients who came into contact with the staff member are being contacted directly by the hospital managers.

All appointments for non-essential cardiac procedures and planned surgery have been suspended for two weeks to ensure “staff and patient” safety.

A statement said: “The majority of services are unaffected and all essential treatment is being carried out, and to ensure patient and staff safety the cardiology department will not be carrying out non-essential cardiac procedures including surgery and outpatients.”

Pods are being set up outside hospitals where patients can book an appointment and get tested after calling 111.

For advice or to find out about getting tested for coronavirus in Westminster visit the NHS 111 online service, or call 111.

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