Royal Preston Hospital is one of a number of hospitals that have been told to set up a decontamination unit ahead of expected Corona Virus outbreak.
NHS Trust hospitals have been contacted to instruct them to prepare the units and keep them from contaminating any Accident and Emergency departments.
A letter, seen by the Lancashire Post, said, “This will require clear local signposting to an isolated area of the hospital, which is away from the Emergency Department, and suitable for frequent decontamination.
“The room must contain an allocated phone with instructions for members of the public to call NHS 111, at which time an assessment will be made by an enhanced NHS 111 service advising the patients as to the next steps.”
Earlier this week a spokesman for Lancs Teaching Hospitals said ‘The NHS is ‘extremely well prepared for an outbreak.
“The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.
“The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers,” said a statement on the Lancs Teaching Hospitals’ website.