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Royal Cornwall Hospital fined £10,000 following skin condition outbreak

The Trust pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety legislation Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £10,000 after several members of staff developed a skin condition caused by wearing latex gloves and excessive washing of hands.

The Trust pleaded guilty to a breach of health and safety legislation for not preventing or monitoring the cases of dermatitis between 2007 and 2012.

The condition causes damage to skin cells, resulting in flaking and blistering.

The hearing earlier this week relates to the HSE's concern about work associated dermatitis between 2007 and 2012.

Since that time we have stepped-up our focus on helping to prevent this condition. As a result, our improved practice was acknowledged at the hearing and we will continue to ensure our staff receive appropriate advice and support.

– Spokesman, The Royal Cornwall Hospital

Beds crisis continues at Royal Cornwall Hospital

Five operations had to be cancelled today because of the pressure on beds at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro says it will stay on black alert until Monday due to chronic bed shortages.

A spokesman confirmed there are still 70 patients awaiting discharge. Five operations were cancelled today because of a lack of beds.

A spare 'escalation ward', which opened yesterday to cope with high demand, remains full.

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Royal Cornwall Hospital opens extra wards in bed crisis

The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has opened two 'escalation wards' to house a backlog of patients awaiting discharge.

The hospital declared a black level alert due to bed shortages and was forced to cancel 18 operations this morning.

A spokesperson told ITV News that 70 patients had been discharged yesterday, and a further 75 were due to be discharged today.

The spokesperson also confirmed that 25 patients had been moved to escalation wards as an interim solution.

Escalation wards are spare wards which are often opened in the winter to cope with high levels of patients.

Royal Cornwall Hospital has opened two 'escalation wards' to cope with a backlog of patients Credit: ITV News

Woman tested for Ebola in Cornwall is given the all-clear

A patient at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been given the all-clear after tests for ebola Credit: ITV News

Public Health England has confirmed that a woman who was being tested for Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has been given the all-clear.

The patient, who had recently returned from West Africa, was being kept in isolation at the hospital in Truro while tests were carried out. She is due to be discharged today.

MP: Even if it's not Ebola it's good to test the system

A patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests for Ebola are carried out Credit: ITV News

Andrew George, the MP for St Ives and a member of the Health Select Committee has commented on the suspected ebola case at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Full specialist treatment is best provided at the Royal Free in London. Until then, full isolation and use of fully fluid repellant disposable protective gear should be worn by anyone working in vicinity of patient or with specimens.

When test results are returned it will be known whether this is a Malaria, Ebola or other infection.

What this demonstrates is the vital importance of a fully functioning integrated NHS. It is also a reminder of just how much we owe to the commitment, dedication and professionalism of NHS staff.

Even if this case turns out not to be a case of Ebola - which of course we will all hope - it will be important for the Trust (in concert with NHS Chiefs) to review their success in their handing of this case, the effectiveness of the protocols and (if necessary) the need for further fine tuning.

– Andrew George MP

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Patient tested for Ebola recently returned from West Africa

The patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests are carried out Credit: ITV News

The Royal Cornwall Hospital has told ITV West Country that the patient being tested for Ebola at the hospital had been in West Africa.

It is understood that the patient - who is NOT a health care worker - recently returned from a country affected by an outbreak of the virus. They were placed in the hospital's isolation ward last night.

The results of tests are not expected for at least 24 hours but the hospital says it's just one of a number of checks being carried out.

Patient being tested for ebola was in West Africa

The patient being tested for ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital recently returned from West Africa Credit: PA

A patient being tested for Ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is a health care worker who has been in West Africa.

It is understood that they recently returned from a country affected by an outbreak of the virus.

The patient is being kept in isolation while tests are being carried out.

Statement on ebola testing at Royal Cornwall Hospital

The patient is being kept in isolation at the Royal Cornwall Hospital while tests are carried out Credit: ITV News

A patient is being tested for ebola at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The trust has released the following statement:

A patient has been admitted to Royal Cornwall Hospital and is currently undergoing a series of tests - one of which is for Ebola.

We do not expect the results to be known for at least 24 hours and in the meantime the patient is being looked after in isolation, following nationally agreed guidelines and protocols to protect the health of our staff and other patients.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has been following national guidance around Ebola and made plans in line with advice from Public Health England and NHS England.

– RCHT spokesperson
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