Rady Children’s Hospital has closed and has been forced to close all the units, with one in each wing, after it became infected with a virus that could cause respiratory infections.
It is understood there were no cases in the general hospital.
It is not clear how the virus got in but staff at the hospital have been advised to stay away from areas of the building with high numbers of visitors, including the children’s ward, because of concerns about the spread of the virus.
Rady childrens hospital has closed after a virus was found in its rooms – it is not known how the infection got in – and has since been closed all the hospitals wards Source: ABC News (NSW) It came to light last week when it was revealed the hospital’s emergency room was also infected.
It has since reopened but only at its children’s wards, which are not equipped to handle the huge numbers of people.
This morning, Health Minister Cameron Dick said the closure of the childrens unit was not due to the virus and the hospital would continue to be fully operational.
“We are working hard to get the facility back up and running,” he said.
The closure of all the Rady Kids’ Hospital units has been due to a respiratory infection but has since had to be closed for the remainder of the week.
In a statement, the hospital said it would continue operating in accordance with the best practice guidelines.
“Rady Childrens Hospital has had to close its emergency department, which is responsible for treating all patients, because it was the only unit with a respiratory issue,” it said.
“The unit will be closed from tomorrow until we can safely re-open it.”
“All staff will continue to receive appropriate health care including standard respiratory care including a 24-hour ventilator service.”
It said it did not know if the unit would be re-opened for the rest of the day, but would provide updates when they could.
There have been a number of hospital closures in the past year, including a closure of Rady’s emergency department in May after it was found to have the same respiratory illness as another hospital in the area.
That closed the hospital for six days.
Health Minister Cameron Tudge said the state government was taking steps to ensure that any hospital closures were safe, including monitoring the air quality of the city and taking measures to reduce exposure to coronavirus.
Rady is the sixth hospital to close in Sydney in the space of a few months, following the closure in May of the Bayswater Hospital.
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