Seven more patients with coronavirus have died at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth.

The four women and three men were aged between 78 and 93, and had underlying health conditions.

We have informed the families of the patients and our thoughts and condolences are with them at this difficult and distressing time.”

John Knighton, Medical Director at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

It brings the total number of Covid-19-related deaths at the hospital to 15.

Those patients that have died were all reported to have underlying health conditions.

On Monday 23rd, visiting at Queen Alexandra Hospital was suspended to support individuals and teams across the organisation working to protect patients and staff, and limit the spread of COVID-19.

However there are circumstances, where visitors can contact the ward or department in advance, which include:

  • the patient is receiving end-of-life care

  • the visitor needs to be accompanied – accompanying visitors should not stay in patient, ward or communal areas

  • they are a birthing partner accompanying a woman in labour