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22.10.2020

COVID-19 at NDDH – update from Andrew Davis, deputy medical director

You may have seen posts on social media about COVID-19 cases at North Devon District Hospital. I am writing to update you on our position.

Thanks to everyone’s efforts, Northern Devon has been fortunate to see low rates of COVID-19 in our community. However, as in other parts of the country we are now seeing a gradual resurgence of infections.

We currently have a low number of COVID positive patients, who are on a separate COVID ward. Our testing quickly identified these patients as COVID positive and they were immediately isolated. Contact tracing was implemented to reduce the risk to anyone else. NDHT numbers are still low compared to elsewhere in the country.

We have measures in place at the hospital to ensure that we can care for COVID positive patients whilst continuing with urgent care, planned elective procedures and outpatient appointments. COVID positive patients are cared for in a separate area of the hospital and all patient care is running as normal. People should still keep their appointments. We very much want to see our patients. Our visiting restrictions remain in place and are detailed on our website: www.northdevonhealth.nhs.uk/patient-information/visiting/

I’d like to reassure you and all our patients that it is our top priority to keep everyone safe. We have learned a lot from the first wave and continue to use this knowledge and maintain thorough infection prevention practice to keep staff and patients safe. We are well prepared to handle an increase in COVID-19 cases in Northern Devon and have robust plans in place to manage winter pressures alongside.

The continued threat of COVID-19 is real. You can help us by following the government guidelines: Hands, Face, Space. Please don’t ignore symptoms, in yourself or in your household. We all need to look after ourselves and each other.

I hope you are all staying safe and well.

 

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