Netcare Sunninghill Hospital closes theatre complex after ‘several’ Covid-19 cases among staff

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Additional measures include the testing of all who may have had contact with the affected staff members, 14 days of monitoring and self-isolation for nursing and support staff, as well as doctors, and re-testing once this quarantine period is completed.

“Patients, staff members and doctors practising at the hospital have been informed of the situation and are supportive of the precautionary measures taken by the hospital,” said Mbele.

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The hospital group has been carrying out daily risk assessments and screenings of all who enter hospital premises, including staff members, doctors, contract service providers, people coming for doctor consultations or radiological investigations, as well as the few visitors with special exemption, said Mbele.

“Unfortunately, it has been shown that Covid-19 can be transmitted by carriers before they show symptoms that can be tested for, hence the decision to risk assess and screen staff and others working at the hospital every day. Where risk is indicated, testing is then undertaken to minimise the risk of Covid-19 spreading into our facility,” he added.

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