The Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood managed to keep calm during a Coronavirus scare this week.
A clinician from the centre was initially diagnosed with Covid-19 on Sunday, March 1 – it was one of 12 cases in England confirmed by Chief Medical Officer that day.
The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs the centre, announced that all individuals in contact with the clinician were swiftly identified and that appropriate measures were taken.
They also acted quickly to reassure other staff and patients that the risk to themselves was “very low” and that the centre would be running as normal.
Just a day later, further testing showed that the member of staff from Mount Vernon was in fact clear of the Coronavirus.
On March 2, the trust said: “This is obviously a source of relief to the individual in question, and also to those members of staff and patients who had been advised to self-isolate and/or undergo testing.
“We are thankful to colleagues at NHS England and Public Health England who have been in close communication with us, both as they tested, and then supported us as we implemented national guidance.
“All staff who have been affected and self-isolating will be contacted and given appropriate advice about next steps.
“Our patients at Mount Vernon will be advised of this information and normal service will resume by Wednesday, March 4.”