We’re reassuring everyone that the arrival of specialist coronavirus pods are no reason for concern.
The pods at University Hospital of North Tees and University Hospital Hartlepool are portable office cabins near to the Urgent Care Centres. They will allow any suspected cases of coronavirus to be assessed.
The Trust will be given notice of any patient requiring an assessment in the isolation pod.
The pods, a government requirement at all hospitals, are not ‘drop in’ centres for anyone who may suspect they are demonstrating signs of the virus.
The advice from the Trust remains the same. Anyone concerned about coronavirus should call NHS 111 for expert advice and stay at home.
Coronavirus ‘pod’ at University Hospital of North Tees
Our new Coronavirus pods at North Tees and Hartlepool Hospitals are a precaution.
All UK hospitals are installing a pod.
They are for the safe assessment of any patient referred to us for suspected Coronavirus.
They are not drop-in centres. Nor are they a sign we have any cases of the virus.
They are safe, isolated pods for referred assessment purposes only.
If you require any advice about, or think you are at risk from, Coronavirus, call NHS 11 and stay indoors. Don’t go to hospital or to your GP.
Julie Lane, Chief Nurse and Director of Patient Safety and Quality of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The pods are simply a required precaution to ensure we have an isolated area where anyone referred to us with suspected coronavirus can be assessed in safety.
“I would like to stress that the pods are not a drop in centres. Nor should they be taken as confirmation of any local cases.
“At present, we have no cases of coronavirus in our Trust.”
For up-to-date advice on coronavirus, call NHS 111 or visit the government online resource.
Tips on how to avoid catching and spreading germs:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- If you have arrived back from China or specified areas in the last 14 days, follow the government advice for returning travellers.