Covid outbreak confirmed on two wards at Kildare Hospital

Covid outbreak confirmed on two wards at Kildare Hospital
Covid outbreak confirmed on two wards at Kildare Hospital
Two wards at a hospital, including a psychiatric unit in Co Kildare, deal with a Covid-19 outbreak.

Health officials say an outbreak control team is treating the cases at two wards at Naas General Hospital – and the Lakeview Inpatient Acute Psychiatric Unit – based on hospital grounds.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said the outbreaks in the acute hospital were separate from the outbreak in the psychiatric ward.

Employees and patients were tested for Covid-19 as part of the contact tracking system.

All employees identified as close contacts for Covid-19 cases have been asked to isolate them.

A healthcare outbreak is called when there are at least two positive contacts.

An HSE spokeswoman said, “Plans have been developed to support continuity of services and guide senior management to determine the extent of the impact on service and staff.

“The protection of public health is of the utmost importance and every effort is made to reduce the risk of the spread of Covid-19.

“The HSE cannot comment on individual cases or outbreaks, as this would violate our duty of confidentiality towards the persons and organizations concerned.

“Maintaining confidentiality is not only an ethical requirement for the HSE, but also a legal requirement within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) together with the data protection laws 1988-2018.”

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