After initial PCR testing by Public Health England, subsequent genomic testing shows that the member of staff from Mount Vernon has now proven to be negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19). Public Health England has just informed us of this latest result.
This is obviously a source of relief to the individual in question, and also to those members of staff and patients who had been advised to self-isolate and/or undergo testing.
We are thankful to colleagues at NHS England and Public Health England who have been in close communication with us, both as they tested, and then supported us as we implemented national guidance.
All staff who have been affected and self-isolating will be contacted and given appropriate advice about next steps.
Our patients at Mount Vernon will be advised of this information and normal service will resume by Wednesday.
Based on current evidence, Coronavirus (COVID-19) presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild. Anyone who is concerned about health symptoms is advised to:
Follow the advice about what to do on the Government’s website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public.
Contact NHS 111. While NHS staff continue to work hard to give expert advice to callers at what is understandably a busy time the public can also use the new NHS 111 online service at for specific help and advice on coronavirus – www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19