Three patients at Daisy Hill Hospital have passed away after testing positive for Covid-19. The patients were in the Male Medical Ward which has seen twenty one staff and a total of eleven patients test positive for Covid-19. Presently there are 67 staff contacts currently off and self-isolating.

Two of the staff members who tested positive are connected to theatres in Daisy Hill. Due to the impact on staffing, some elective surgery lists at the start of next week will be postponed.

In a statement Trust Chief Executive, Mr Shane Devlin said: “On behalf of all our staff, we pass on our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of patients who have passed away. Our immediate priority is to manage the serious impact of Covid-19 in our community and in our facilities. We have sought independent advice from both the NI Public Health Agency and Public Health England to make sure that our management is of the highest standard and we are sharing our learning with other Trusts across Northern Ireland.”

Visiting remains suspended to all Trust facilities.

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