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HSC Plans to Respond to Coronavirus

2020-03-03

The Health and Social Care system (HSC) is working collectively and intensively on dealing with Coronavirus.

The Department of Health, Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) are working closely with Trusts, primary care providers and key partners to plan ahead for a range of potential scenarios.

The emergency measures outlined in the UK Government action plan (published today) will apply to Northern Ireland, if needed.

It is normal practice to plan for worst case scenarios. This does not mean these outcomes are expected or likely. This is an important point to underline.

At this stage, the focus remains on containment, with all efforts being made to avoid the spread of infection between people.

All Trusts have in place robust arrangements to test for Coronavirus.

Trusts have identified the hospital location and ward areas that will be utilised if a number of people need to be admitted because of Coronavirus. This is vital in ensuring that those patients can be appropriately treated. It will also protect other vulnerable hospital patients from the risk of infection.

Detailed attention is being given to ensure staff safety and welfare issues are fully addressed.

We would like to thank all of our staff across the HSC system who are working tirelessly to contain the spread of Coronavirus and protect communities across Northern Ireland.

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