A GLASGOW hospital is to close two wards due to a rise in cases of coronavirus – as bosses urge the public to stick to the rules.
Cases of the virus are soaring at Glasgow Royal Infirmary forcing them to put a halt on new admissions to the wards.
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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Public Health has issued a plea to the public to follow the government’s rules due to the increasing pressure being placed on the NHS.
Dr Linda De Caestecker, Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Unfortunately, cases are rising within Greater Glasgow and Clyde, as they are across the UK. While we are in a stronger position now than in March due to an increased understanding of the virus, as overall numbers increase, so too does the number of hospital admissions with COVID-19 and sadly, as do the numbers of deaths.
“It is a true testament to our hard working and professional staff that to this point we have been able to continue delivering high-quality care to patients despite the pandemic. However, it’s absolutely critical that the public follows the guidelines laid out by the Scottish Government to support our frontline workers in being able to continue delivering this level of care and to manage the number of COVID-19 cases in hospital.
“This will give our hardworking staff the capacity to continue treating patients, and in the long-run, to save more lives, so we would please ask the public to remember the FACTS – Wear a face covering, avoid crowded places, clean your hands frequently, maintain a two-metre distance, self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.”
Only essential visits are currently allowed at the hospital – with virtual visits also in place.