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Craigavon Area Hospital suspends visiting amid Coronavirus outbreak

Amid ongoing cases of Coronavirus, Craigavon Area Hospital has suspended visits to the site.

The Health and Social Care Board provided the following update on Tuesday (01 September) afternoon:

Haematology Ward

A total of 14 patients have tested positive.

Sixteen members of staff have tested positive and are currently off and self-isolating.

Contacts of these staff members are being identified and isolating as a precaution, So far, 40 staff members have been identified as potential contacts and are currently self-isolating.

Detailed investigation is on-going.

The Ward remains closed to new admissions.

Ward 3 South

An outbreak has been confirmed overnight in Ward 3 South. One member of staff and one patient have tested positive. There are currently 11 staff members self-isolating.

Craigavon Hospital Visiting Arrangements

To minimise the number of people coming on to the Craigavon site, all visiting will be temporarily suspended from Wednesday September 2.

This will be reviewed after 7 days. The Trust’s priority is to limit the number of people in the hospital while COVID19 continues to circulate in the community. We understand that visiting is important to our patients and clients and will re-introduce visiting as soon as it is safe to do so.

Visiting is only for end of life care and must be arranged with the Ward Manager,

Virtual visiting is available on request by contacting 077 7651 6419 between 9am and 5pm.