A COVID-19 outbreak has been confirmed at Warwick Hospital.
The outbreak – described as ‘small’ – is the first one since February 2021.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust says the variant spreading across the hospital has not yet been confirmed.
A spokesperson said: “The safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority and we have taken a number of steps to minimise the impact and prevent the further spread of the virus within the hospital.
“The variant of this small outbreak, on one of Warwick Hospital’s wards, has not yet been confirmed by the laboratory.
“Rates of Covid-19 are increasing in our community and, subsequently, outbreaks such as this are an increasing risk within hospitals. 1 in 3 people with the virus are asymptomatic and, therefore, are unknowingly passing it on to others. We would strongly encourage everyone in our local population to carry out regular lateral flow testing to help check if someone has Covid-19. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading and protects the vulnerable. If you have symptoms, however mild, you must isolate and book a PCR test.
“To protect yourself, your loved ones and our patients and staff this winter we would urge you to book your Covid-19 vaccine or booster as soon as possible.”
While no Covid restrictions have been imposed prior to Christmas day in England, the government has said it cannot rule out the possibility of measures after the 25th, as Omicron cases continue to surge.