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Hospital visiting suspended due to Covid cluster

Manx Care implementing changes in health and care settings

Hospital visiting is being suspended due to the cluster of Covid-19 identified on the Island.

From 4pm restrictions will be in place at Noble’s, Ramsey Cottage and Manannan Court.

It’s one of a number of changes being implemented by Manx Care following five new cases announced yesterday.

It follows what it's described as a ‘small number of unexplained cases’.

Everyone entering a health or care facility will now be required to wear a medical grade face covering, which will be provided, and use hand sanitiser.

Social distancing will be implemented in outpatient clinics and patients may be asked to queue outside departments to reduce the number of people in waiting areas.

GP practices, dental practices providing NHS services, and opticians will revert back to how they operated during lockdown periods.

Patients will be offered remote appointments on the phone, or via video link, where appropriate.

Manx Care chief executive Teresa Cope said: "These are precautionary measures which we hope will be short-term.

"They are proportionate to the current situation and designed to protect the most vulnerable patients and service users within our care, as well as our staff.

"Contact tracing is ongoing to identify the source of transmission of two current cases, in the north of the Island, and we will review the situation every 48 hours and retain or remove these precautions as the situation becomes clearer."

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