Leeds hospitals to install 'coronavirus pods' to treat patients with symptoms

Isolation pods will be installed in Leeds to treat coronovirus patients, it has been confirmed.

By Abbey Maclure
Friday, 14th February 2020, 4:54 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 4:54 pm

The temporary pods will be installed at Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) and St James's Hospital, so that anyone attending hospital with symptoms of the virus can be kept away from other patients.

The precautionary measure has been put in place following national NHS guidance.

There have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus in West Yorkshire yet, but the pods are intended to prevent the spread of the virus should an outbreak occur.

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What the coronovirus pods will look like (Photo: Getty Images)

The news comes after Leeds MP Alex Sobel announced he was being assessed for the coronovirus, after attending a conference with an infected patient.

An NHS spokesperson said: “Following national guidance all hospitals are putting in place NHS 111 pods at their emergency departments, so that anyone attending hospital with symptoms of the virus can be kept isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary pressure in A&E.

“Over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus's spread.

"Everyone can continue to play their part by taking simple steps such as washing hands to prevent the spread of infection and calling NHS 111 first before going to the doctors or A&E if they have any concerns about or show symptoms of coronavirus.”

The pods will be installed at LGI and St James's hospitals to prevent the spread of the virus