Royal Liverpool Hospital
Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Coronavirus update

A patient is being treated in the specialist NHS infection centre at the Royal Liverpool Hospital for coronavirus.

They are one of four patients transferred from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who have tested positive.

The others are being treated at other centres in Sheffield and Newcastle.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I’m confident in the plans NHS England have put in place and in my opinion no-one should have any concerns.

“The Royal Liverpool is a specialist centre set up to cater for this type of situation and they’re well-prepared for this.

“We are being kept up to date on the situation by our colleagues in the NHS and it is really important we follow their advice and guidance.

“Anyone with concerns should check the latest information on the Public Health England website.”

Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus said: “The four patients with coronavirus have now been transferred from Arrowe Park to specialist NHS infection centres in Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

“These specialist centres are well prepared to deal with cases and earlier this year, the Newcastle unit successfully treated and discharged two patients who had contracted the virus.

“I would like to thank the excellent NHS staff who managed the transfers today as well as those who will now be caring for these patients.

“We’ve seen in communities across the country a calm response to confirmed and potential cases of coronavirus, which will continue to be important as more of us might need to self-isolate for a time, to protect ourselves, our families and the community.

“Anyone concerned they have symptoms must continue to use NHS 111 as their first point of contact for advice. People should also continue to follow public health advice – wash your hands, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and put used tissues in the bin immediately.”

The latest information related to coronavirus can be found here.

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