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NHS Highland hits back at rumours Raigmore Hospital in Inverness is treating a patient with coronavirus

By Louise Glen

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Raigmore Hospital.
Raigmore Hospital.

NHS Highland has told the public to calm down and carry on as normal after confirming that no-one in Raigmore Hospital is being treated for coronavirus.

In fact, no-one in Scotland is being treated for the virus. In spite of 57 people being tested all were found to be negative.

On social media, rumours included Raigmore staff had sealed off a ward to treat a consultant who had contracted the condition, the hospital was now closed to other admissions of patients, and all appointments were cancelled.

A post on NHS Highlands Facebook page looked to set the record straight, it said: "Raigmore Hospital is fully operational."

It continued: "Please be advised Raigmore Hospital is fully operational. If you have an appointment please attend as normal.

"We are aware of posts on social media.

"We have well-rehearsed procedures in place to deal with communicable diseases such as the novel coronavirus. We are actively working with colleagues nationally to ensure we are well prepared to address any suspected cases which may present within the region. As such, we would like to reassure you that there is nothing to be concerned about and there is no impact on the running of the hospital."

Pointing to the national information, it continued: "The Scottish Government publishes an online update detailing the number of completed novel coronavirus tests originating from Scotland after 2pm each day.

"There are no confirmed cases in Scotland. If there is a confirmed case the Scottish Government will announce details when they receive this confirmation."

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