Patients at Ripon Community Hospital have been transferred to Harrogate District Hospital after an outbreak of covid.
The Ripon hospital, which is part of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, has one 16-bed ward, called Trinity Ward.
A Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said:
“We can confirm that following positive covid tests for some patients on the ward at Ripon Community Hospital, the ward has been closed for cleaning and covid-positive patients moved to Harrogate District Hospital to continue receiving care on dedicated covid wards.
“As we always do, appropriate actions have been taken and we are carrying out an investigation into the root cause.”
Harrogate District Hospital has also suffered from an increase in covid transmissions acquired in the hospital since Christmas.
- Harrogate district covid rate below 100 for first time since Christmas
- Four covid deaths at Harrogate hospital
The trust has instigated extra measures, including more regular testing and ensuring windows are open for 10 minutes every hour, in response to the increase.
Harrogate hospital covid levels remain stubbornly high: North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum, which represents the agencies leading the fight against the pandemic, revealed at a press briefing yesterday it currently has 65 patients with the virus.
This is as high as at any point during the pandemic, even though the average rate of infection in the Harrogate district has been falling since January 8.