19 March 2020
Health and Community Services has identified and is caring for two patients who have tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19).
As a result, the General Hospital is now closed to all visitors.
In addition, the elderly residential wards which are Beech Ward, Oak Ward, Maple Ward and Sandybrook are closed to all visitors apart from in exceptional circumstances.
Under national guidelines for visitors, the Maternity Unit, Paediatrics and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) will remain open for visitors.
Minister for Health and Community Services, Deputy Richard Renouf, said: “We know this news may cause concern for some, but we carry a duty of care to all our patients and their families.
“I would ask people to remain calm and allow hard working colleagues to provide the care which is needed.
“We appreciate the understanding of members of the public whose loved ones are currently receiving care from Health and Community Services, and I pay tribute to the ongoing work of all our staff who are working in challenging circumstances.”