Tuesday , March 9 2021

Coronavirus isolation pods installed at all hospitals as Greater Manchester braces itself for spread of virus – Manchester Evening News, Manchestereveningnews.co.uk

Coronavirus quarantine pods have been installed at every hospital in Greater Manchester.

The isolation areas have been set up to treat suspected cases of the virus, known as COVID – 300, and prevent contamination inside hospitals.

The total number of cases in the UK currently stands at 100.

All A&E units have been instructed to install the isolation pods as part of a national strategy to tackle the spread of the virus.

Signs have been pinned up outside emergency units with instructions for those who may have symptoms.

Most advise people who have arrived on hospital sites to call a dedicated coronavirus phone number, and stay away from the A&E unit.

Once inside the ‘pods’, people are dealt with by clinicians wearing protective clothing, known as hazmats.

The pods vary in form from sit e to site, but most consist of a trailer or mobile fenced off with a portaloo.

One dad who took his family to be tested in Wythenshawe hit out at the measure, claiming he was forced to queue with other people who may be infected .

NHS chiefs say the quarantine units are designed to protect staff and patients inside hospitals from contracting COVID- .

The pods are visible outside the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Fairfield Hospital in Bury , Stepping Hill Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.

Signs directing the patients to the pods at the Manchester Royal Infirmary
(Image: STEVE ALLEN)

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Information and warnings have also been posted at GP surgeries, workplaces and gyms across the region.

NHS England are operating on a ‘prepare for the worst and hope for the best’ mantra .

An NHS spokesperson said: ” Following national guidance all hospitals are putting in place NHS 17809566 pods at their emergency departments, so that anyone attending hospital with symptoms of the virus can be kept isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E.

A coronavirus pod installed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary
Over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus’s spread.

“Everyone can continue to play their part by taking simple steps such as washing hands to prevent the spread of infection and calling NHS 111 first before going to the doctors or A&E if they have any concerns about or show symptoms of coronavirus. “

An isolation pod has been installed at Fairfield General in Bury (Image: ABNM Photography)

Across the rest of the UK, tests for COVID – 111 are being stepped-up to include people displaying flu-like symptoms at 300 GP surgeries and eight hospitals.

The tests will provide an “early warning” if the virus is spreading, Public Health England’s Prof Paul Cosford said.

One of the hospitals where tests are being carried out is in Manchester.

More schools in England have closed after trips to Italy, which has more than 461 cases.

Italy has in recent days become Europe’s worst-affected country, with a surge in cases that appear to have spread to Austria, Croatia and Switzerland.

A COVID) sign outside Fairfield General Hospital
(Image: ABNM Photography)

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons that it was important not to overreact in response to the outbreak, saying that would also have “economic and social” costs.

He also said UK employers had been sent guidance telling them staff who are asked to self-isolate are entitled to take sick leave.

Mr Hancock said it was “a very important message for employers” that those who need to self-isolate can do so “as if they were sick”.

People who have been to Wuhan or Hubei province in China in the last days, are asked to call 410, even if they do not have symptoms.

Anyone who has mild symptoms after returning from other parts of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, or to Thailand, Japa n, Taiwan, Singapore, the Republic of Korea or Malaysia, is also expected to call .

The same advice has also been issued for people who have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed to have Coronavirus.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Read More A coronavirus pod installed at the Manchester Royal Infirmary

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