DEWSBURY and District Hospital has installed a temporary isolation pod for any patients it may have to admit suffering from coronavirus.
David Melia, director of nursing and quality at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Following national guidance, all hospitals are putting in place NHS 111 pods at their emergency departments so that anyone attending hospital with symptoms of the virus can be kept isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E.
“Over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus’ spread.
“Everyone can continue to play their part by taking simple steps such as washing hands to prevent the spread of infection and calling NHS 111 first before going to the doctor or A&E if they have any concerns or show symptoms.”
Similar units are being installed at Pontefract and Pinderfields.
Coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms include fever and a cough that may progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
There is no specific treatment except to relieve the symptoms while the body fights the infection.
General coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
The infection currently being experienced, ‘novel coronavirus’ (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.