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73 NHS workers at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital test positive for coronavirus as 318 self-isolate

73 NHS workers at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital test positive for coronavirus as 318 self-isolate
  • 73 staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital have been diagnosed with coronavirus
  • 318 workers are also said to be self isolating according to ex-WHO director
  • Hospital chiefs had previously limited visits to one carer per family per day  
More than 70 workers at an NHS hospital in London have tested positive for coronavirus, it has been revealed.
Tests show that 73 workers at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) have been diagnosed with the virus.
A total of 318 are also said to be self-isolating.
The information was tweeted by Ex-WHO director Anthony Costello today.
Included in the tweet is an internal email, which is said to have been sent to all staff at the hospital. 
It says: 'We now have eight Covid-19 patients across the hospital. Through our staff testing, we have had 73 confirmed Covid positive staff members of of 181 tested.

What is Great Ormond Street Hospital and who is treated there? 

Founded in London in 1852, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is an NHS run facility dedicated to children’s healthcare and finding new ways to treat childhood illnesses.  
It is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare and in 2018/19 received 237,908 outpatient visits and 43,218 inpatient visits.
Together with its research partner, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, it host the UK’s only paediatric National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Great Ormand Street Hospital is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare and in 2018/19 received 237,908 outpatient visits and 43,218 inpatient visits
Great Ormand Street Hospital is an international centre of excellence in child healthcare and in 2018/19 received 237,908 outpatient visits and 43,218 inpatient visits
Hospital chiefs have recently limited the number of visitors to the hospital in a bid to limit the spread of coronavirus.  
Visits are limited to one carer a day per family, while siblings of patients are not allowed to visit the hospital. 
In a statement on the hospital's website said: 'We are following official guidance from the NHS, UK Government and World Health Organisation.' 
'318 staff members are currently off work because they, or someone in their household, are displaying symptoms. This is similar to yesterday.'  
 A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokesperson said:
'We continue to monitor COVID-19 related staff absence carefully which currently equates to 6 per cent of our workforce and are able to fully staff all of the services we have planned to run at this time.'
The news comes as more than 33,700 people in the UK have been confirmed to have Covid-19.
A total of 2,921 people have died from the virus in the UK.
It also comes as 57-year-old father-of-seven nurse, Thomas Harvey, was named as the fifth NHS medic to die of coronavirus.
He had previously warned his wife about his lack of PPE before dying alone at home in self-isolation.
Paramedics broke down his door after he stopped responding while isolated and he died later that day.
Mr Harvey is believed to have expressed concerns about the lack of protective equipment for NHS workers and told his wife that he was given a 'flimsy apron and no mask'.
Mr Harvey had worked for the NHS for more than 20 years at Goodmayes Hospital in east London.  
57-year-old father-of-seven nurse, Thomas Harvey, was yesterday named as the fifth NHS medic to die of coronavirus
57-year-old father-of-seven nurse, Thomas Harvey, was yesterday named as the fifth NHS medic to die of coronavirus
North East London NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Professor Oliver Shanley said: 'It is with deep regret that we share with you that we have sadly lost a dear and valued colleague who had Covid-19.
'Thomas was a longstanding dedicated member of our intermediate care team.
'I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Thomas's family, friends and work colleagues.
'We are ensuring they are supported through this difficult time and I would like to thank colleagues for the professionalism and compassion they have shown.'  

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