A Dundee GP practice has been forced to close due to a string of coronavirus cases.
The Broughty Ferry Health Centre will be shut until Thursday, March 19 following “a number of positive cases” linked to it. No patients will be seen at the site.
The measures put in place at the Dundee practice are “temporary” and staff say there is a “low risk” to patients and healthcare workers.
However the health centre has asked for support from NHS Tayside, with patients in need of appointments expected to be seen at a different GP practice. Telephone appointments are still available.
Broughty Ferry Health Centre closed from 5pm today until Thursday 19 March due to coronavirus. Read their full statement here https://t.co/Eq53GCbIGd
— NHS Tayside (@NHSTayside) March 13, 2020
A statement from Broughty Ferry Health Centre said: “Due to a number of positive cases of coronavirus linked to the practice, Broughty Ferry Health Centre has taken the decision to close to all patients from 5pm on Friday, 13 March. This temporary measure is expected to last until Thursday, March 19.
“The practice has asked NHS Tayside to step in to support them to continue to deliver primary care services during this time and we will work together to manage the situation and limit inconvenience to patients.
“The risk to patients and healthcare workers is low.
“Patients should be reassured that they will still be able to see a GP, however this will be at a different GP practice. Telephone appointments with a GP will also still be available.
“Staff at the practice will continue to take calls between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.”
As of Friday afternoon there were 85 recorded cases of coronavirus in Scotland with the country’s first death also confirmed.
There are now 798 cases across the UK, up from 590 on Thursday. Ten people across the country have died after contracting the disease.
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