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 Coronavirus covid-19 signs at the main entrance to the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Coronavirus covid-19 signs at the main entrance to the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
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‘Controlled’ situation at Bon Secours in Cork following coronavirus case

The coronavirus situation at the Bon Secours Hospital in Cork is 'very controlled', according to hospital sources, after the hospital saw its first case of Covid-19.

An elderly man is being treated for coronavirus at the private hospital after he was admitted with suspected pneumonia.

He is now in an intensive care unit in a single bed room.

Two members of staff at the hospital are self-isolating in the wake of the confirmed case, which is another case of 'community transmission', meaning the virus is spreading from person to person within Ireland.

A source in the hospital told The Echo on Monday that the situation at the Bons is 'really very controlled'. 

“Bons infection control and microbiology service is very strong so staff are really well trained in precautions and protective wear,” they added.

The source also said the hospital is screening everyone entering the hospital for respiratory symptoms, but otherwise it is business as usual.

The hospital is communicating with patients on a regular basis with information and reassurance, according to the source, who said people are more likely to pick up Covid-19 in the community than in the hospital.

There are now 21 cases of coronavirus in the Republic of Ireland and 12 in Northern Ireland.

In a statement, Bon Secours hospital management said: "The patient is being cared for in a single room and contact precautions have been in place since the patient’s arrival. To protect patient privacy, we will make no further comment on the case.

"Coronavirus response teams have been in place at the Bon Secours health system for some time, with working groups at each facility and at group level."

Cork University Hospital has approximately 100 staff self-isolating, but HSE chief executive Paul Reid has said some will be returning to work.

A patient who was diagnosed with Covid-19 last week has since been transferred to Dublin for further treatment. It is understood he is seriously ill.

CUH this morning re-stated that it will be reducing/rescheduling outpatient appointments from today until Wednesday.

However, the following services will not be affected and patients should attend for appointments: dialysis, dressing clinic, warfarin clinic, endoscopy, Cystic Fibrosis, infusions, chemotherapy and radiation therapy.