Hospital staff positive for coronavirus forcing high dependency unit to close

University Hospital Southampton has closed its surgical high dependency unit to new admissions after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

Patients and staff who came into close contact with the healthcare professional have been informed and "appropriately isolated", according to the hospital's NHS trust.

A spokesman said: "The surgical high dependency unit is temporarily closed to new admissions.

Any patient affected by the temporary closure will be contacted directly.

"The Trust is following Public Health England and NHS guidance in respect of the virus and all other services are operating normally. Patients and staff should continue to attend appointments normally and come into work unless advised not to."

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