THE number of inpatients with coronavirus at Rotherham Hospital has increased by more than 50 per cent in a week — partly due to a new test and trace system.
The hospital had 38 inpatients who had tested positive for Covid-19 as of 8am yesterday (24), up from 25 last week.
It is the first increase in Covid-19 patients at the hospital since May.
Angela Wood, chief nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This increase is partly due to swabbing patients who are going to care homes on discharge.
“This is picking up positive patients who are displaying no symptoms.
“Following the new test and trace principles, we are then discovering other asymptomatic patients through routine swabbing.
“We would like to reassure everyone that we continue to maintain high quality infection control measures and we ask that anyone using our services wears a face covering and continues to wash their hands thoroughly and regularly with soap and water, or use the alcohol gel provided.
“We have put in place a number of measures to help staff, patients and visitors maintain a safe social distance while on our sites.
“We have now had a total of 577 inpatients test positive for Covid-19, with 347 safely discharged from hospital.
“Sadly 185 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus.”