Woman dies from coronavirus at Dorset County Hospital

Woman dies from coronavirus at Dorset County Hospital

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:28am 23rd March 2020.

Dorset County Hospital has confirmed that a patient there has died from coronavirus.

She was 72 and had underlying health conditions.

A Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said:

 "Sadly, we can confirm that a woman who had been cared for at Dorset County Hospital and died at the hospital on 21 March 2020 had tested positive for COVID-19.

"Her family have been informed about the cause of death and are following national guidance.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time. 

"Out of respect for their privacy we will not be commenting further."

NHS Coronavirus Pod Sign

There are now 23 confirmed cases of coronavirus being treated across Dorset.

The government will only tell us which local authorities they cover.

There are 11 confirmed cases in the Dorset Council area and 12 in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

'Elective Operations Suspended'

Dorset County Hospital say they need to ensure they have as many beds as possible to care for patients with severe respiratory problems when the number of infections peak.

They alongside other hospitals in England have  been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations from 15 April for at least three months, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled before then so we can train our staff and adapt certain areas. 

Urgent and emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal.

Dorset County Hospital Entrance

'Visiting Hours' 

The Trust has taken the decision to limit patient visiting hours to help reduce the risk of the spread of infection and ensure patient safety.

All wards in the Trust will be restricting visiting hours to between 3pm and 8pm only and limiting visitors to one per patient.

  • Visitors may only stay for a maximum of one hour during each visit. 
  • Any exceptions will need to be agreed by the nurse in charge.
  • In wards where higher level restrictions are necessary, there will be no visitors allowed.
  • No children under 12 should visit any adult ward without the charge nurse's prior permission.

Visitors are being asked to use the gels and sinks in public areas to wash and clean their hands when entering and leaving the hospital site and after any contact with patients.