19 March 2020

We can confirm that we have now identified two cases of coronavirus in our inpatient wards. 

Both patients were already being treated in isolation with suspected Covid-19.

Roger Hall, Medical Director, said: “Staff at Royal Papworth Hospital have been working incredibly hard to prepare for treating patients with Covid-19. However, we all have an important role to play to prevent the virus spreading to those around us. Please be scrupulous with your hygiene, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. If you are worried about symptoms, please use the new 111 online service for help and advice.” 

Patients with appointments or who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital, unless you have been contacted and told otherwise. 

In order to minimise risk to staff and patients, we have restricted visitors to one adult visitor per patient per day (no children under 12 allowed) and have asked other non-essential visitors not to come to the hospital.