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‘Outrage’ as nurse turns up for shift hours after testing positive for Covid

A nurse turned up for work just hours after testing positive for coronavirus.

Staff and patients are said to be outraged after the medic mentioned the news to a workmate.

They told a colleague they had been confirmed as having the virus an hour into the shift.

Hospital chiefs have been forced to taken urgent action to manage a potential outbreak, writes the Daily Record.

The affected ward has been locked down and patients are being monitored for symptoms.

Until now, the facility has managed to keep the virus at bay, and staff are bewildered as to why someone would turn up for their shift after testing positive.

A source to the Daily Record: "Carstairs has managed the pandemic with excellent infection control and strict measures.

"It's disappointing a member of staff came in for a shift having tested positive at home.

"This person was in the hospital for well over an hour before mentioning to a colleague about the result.

"This person is now self isolating at home but the ward has been locked down and patients confined to their rooms to contain the outbreak."

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The source claims masks are not allowed to be worn out in the gowns for security reasons, so the staff member would have come in contact with other people not wearing PPE.

They added: "Only essential staff are now allowed in the ward and the patients are understandably upset and anxious.

"Being confined to their rooms is not the best for them so stress levels are running high just now. It's caused a lot of trouble."

Another source said the hospital supplied staff to other mental health units due to struggling staffing levels.

They said: "Everyone at the hospital takes the pandemic seriously and meetings have already taken place with Public Health Scotland, NHS Lanarkshire infection control and the Scottish Government.

"Hopefully the outbreak will stay small and contained."

A spokeswoman for Carstairs said: "We comply with all prevention and infection control policies and procedures that are in place across NHS Scotland, including the management of infection outbreaks."

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