Skegness Hospital update: Urgent care service ‘operating as usual’ amidst coronavirus fear

Skegness Hospital urgent care centre is now 'operating as usual' after reports of a lockdown and fears of a man being admitted with Coronavirus.

Skegness Hospital
Skegness Hospital

The words 'Do Not Enter' were scribbled a piece of paper on the door of the urgent care part of the main entrance earlier today, with staff seen wearing masks and plastic shoes.

Eddie Thomas was at the hospital with his two year old son. He said: "We were told is that someone has arrived from Manchester Airport with chest pains.

"There are people who can't go in and others that can't come out.

A 'Do Not Enter' sign has been put on a door at the hospital.

"Staff told us that if it isn't life-threatening we should go home. Some are wearing masks and plastic shoes. When you see people in 'beehive suits' you wonder what is going on and your mind goes overtime.

"We don't whether to go back or what to do."

Sarah Lewis was also at the hospital :"My daughter and I were there when this happened and got asked to leave and go to the doctors or Boston hospital as a man came from Manchester Airport who had traveled from China came to Skegness feeling very unwell."

Pete Rodwell was at the hospital with his wife and said he was in the cubicle next to where it is believed the sick man was being treated . He said he and his wife were given masks to wear and commented. "The hospital did a really good job both with treatment of my wife and the incident.

Peter Rodwell wearing his mask.

"Many thanks to all the staff - can't fault them."

Two other people, believed to be from Spilsby, were said to have been quarantined in their cars outside the hospital.

The Standard has been in touch with Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. Because of 'the nature of the enquiry' we were asked to direct questions to the Department of Health and Social Care who said they were unable to comment on individual cases.

However, the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust. has just posted on their website that services at the hospital are now running as normal. The statement on the Skegness Urgent Care Treatment Centre website reads: "Daily updates on the national coronavirus situation are available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public"All of our services at Skegness Hospital including the Urgnet Treatment Centre are operating as usual."

The government website states: "Three patients in England have tested positive for coronavirus. Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty, has shared a statement. If more cases are confirmed in the UK, it will be announced as soon as possible by the Chief Medical Officer of the affected country.

"Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.

"As of 7 February, a total of 620 UK tests have concluded, of which 617 were confirmed negative and three positive."