CORONAVIRUS concerns about a patient led to the closure of a Coventry GPs’ surgery yesterday evening, the Observer can confirm.
But, in response to our questions. city health chiefs moved to dispel internet claims by patients that the case at Cheylesmore Surgery, Quinton Park, Cheylesmore, Coventry, was of ‘suspected coronavirus’, also known as Covid-19.
A spokesperson for Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group told us: “A patient did present who had been to one of the specified countries but did not appear to have coronavirus symptoms and the practice took the precautionary measure to go through the nationally mandated procedure for management of a suspected case of covid-19.
“There are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus in the Coventry area at this time.”
They also told us: “To be clear on the situation: Cheylesmore Surgery closed yesterday evening at the normal time (6pm) and, in line with national guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care, conducted a clean of the surgery as a routine precautionary measure.
“Unfortunately this meant the evening extended access surgery, which is operated by the Coventry and Rugby GP Alliance and due to open at 6.30pm, was unable to go ahead.
“Patients booked into evening appointments were alerted to the change and given details of alternatives.
“Safety is of course our priority and the practice has been working with the public health teams to make sure there continues to be no risk to staff and patients. The surgery is open as usual today.”
There have so far been only 19 confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, all involving infection abroad.
THE CHEYLESMORE SURGERY’S WEBSITE AND PHONE MESSAGE ISSUES THE FOLLOWING ADVICE IN LINE WITH NATIONAL PROTOCOL..
TO WUHAN OR HUBEI PROVINCE IN CHINA IN THE LAST 14 DAYS (EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE SYMPTOMS)
TO OTHER PARTS OF CHINA, INCLUDING MACAU, HONG KONG, IN THE LAST 14 DAYS AND HAVE A COUGH, HIGH TEMPERATURE OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH (EVEN IF IT’S MILD)
TO THAILAND, JAPAN, TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, REPUBLIC OF KOREA OR MALAYSIA IN THE LAST 14 DAYS AND HAVE A COUGH, HIGH TEMPERATURE OR SHORTNESS OF BREATH (EVEN IF IT’S MILD)
OR IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WITH CONFIRMED CORONAVIRUS
DO NOT COME INTO OUR GP SURGERY, DO NOT GO TO A COMMUNITY PHARMACY OR HOSPITAL. CALL NHS 111, STAY INDOORS AND AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE. FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT NHS.UK