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Balfour Ward Closed #Covid Update

STATEMENT FROM NHS ORKNEY

A small cluster of Covid-19 cases has been confirmed on IP2 in the Balfour Hospital. Covid has not been the cause of admission for these patients.

As a precautionary measure the ward is currently closed to new admissions, with visiting limited to essential visitors only. We ask that all visitors undertake a lateral flow test before coming into the hospital. Lateral flow tests can be ordered online via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow… or by calling 119.

Thank you to the recent visitors who immediately informed staff after testing positive for Covid, as this ensured we were then able to take early preventative measures.

At this point in time there is no necessity to change or cancel planned activity in the hospital.

Reminder: Weekly Orkney #Covid Update: 106 Positive Cases

  • get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
  • stay at home if you’re unwell with symptoms or have a fever
  • open windows when socialising indoors
  • wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself

Care for yourself and others to help slow down the spread of the virus and reduce pressure on our health services.

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  1. “We ask that all visitors undertake a lateral flow test before coming into the hospital. Lateral flow tests can be ordered online via https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow… or by calling 119″

    This is absolutely right – but….people will want to visit, and not want to wait until the tests arrive. They should wait – but folk don’t always do as they should – regarding Covid they mostly don’t do what they should these days.

    And then…

    “At this point in time there is no necessity to change or cancel planned activity in the hospital.”

    It might make sense to ‘change planned activity.’

    How many people, especially those who are being extra careful, will put off going to hospital, and suffer for it?

    I suppose we go back to before the NHS existed, when folk didn’t dare go to hospital because they couldn’t afford it. My Mum told me that what happened was, basically – you got sick – you either died or got better. We’re heading that way anyway.

    What is there to say??? And yet, some still advocate not wearing masks, getting together and having a ‘good time’

    For goodness sake – PAY ATTENTION!!!