A SCOTS hospital ward has been locked down after 22 patients and staff tested positive for coronavirus in a worrying outbreak, according to a report.
More than 20 people are believed to have contracted Covid-19 in a vascular ward at University Ayr Hospital.
The Ayrshire Post report the area underwent a deep clean and patients with the virus have now been sent to a dedicated Covid-19 ward.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran said patients and staff tested positive.
Dr Crawford McGuffie, Medical Director, told the local media outlet: “NHS Ayrshire & Arran can confirm that a number of cases connected to a ward in University Hospital Ayr have tested positive for COVID-19.
“Affected staff, patients and their families have been informed.
“Patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have been transferred to a dedicated COVID-19 ward and continue to be cared for with the appropriate infection control measures in place including enhanced environmental disinfection.
“Staff who have tested positive have been excluded from duty and told to isolate at home in line with national Test and Protect requirements. A programme of screening asymptomatic patients and staff is in place.”
A source who revealed the outbreak to the Local Democracy Reporting Service said staff are “under so much pressure” and some are at “breaking point.”
It is said around 22 people may have been infected following the outbreak.
Dr McGuffie said the ward outbreak was reported to Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection Scotland.
He added: “We appreciate this is a very worrying time. However, we would like to assure members of the public that every measure is being taken to protect patients and staff.”
Meanwhile, another 44 Scots have died overnight from coronavirus – taking the death toll to 3,720.
The latest figures came from The Scottish Government this…