Hyde surgery addresses coronavirus rumour

The Brooke Surgery in Hyde has taken to Facebook to refute rumours that a patient with coronavirus has visited the practice.

A second case of coronavirus was confirmed in Tameside earlier today (Thursday). Following that announcement, rumours circulated on social media that the patient had been at the Market Street surgery. 

But the Brooke Surgery have said that, to their knowledge, no patient who has tested positive for COVID-19 has visited the surgery since the outbreak started. 

It also added that it is taking extra daily cleaning measures as a safety precaution. 

The full statement reads: "We refute the rumour that a patient with coronavirus has visited The Brooke Surgery.

"The Brooke Surgery is currently screening all requests for patient appointments by a GP on the telephone.

"At the time of writing, to our knowledge, we can inform you that no patient who has tested positive for COVID19 has visited The Brooke Surgery in Hyde since the international outbreak started.

"We are taking extra daily cleaning measures as a safety precaution but not in response to any suspected exposure to COVID19

"If you are able to help quell this rumour to reduce public anxiety, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you from all the team at The Brooke Surgery." 

Anyone with a "new, continuous" cough or high temperature is now advised to self-isolate for seven days, as the UK government moves to the "delay" phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus.

There have been 596 confirmed cases across the country. In total, 10 people have now died in the UK with the virus. 

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