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Sharp rise in number of patients needing hospital care for Covid-19 in Somerset

AN NHS boss has warned that public health services in Somerset are currently ‘very busy’ and has urged the public to take care as positive coronavirus test results rise in the area.

Matthew Bryant, chief operating officer at Musgrove Park and Yeovil hospitals, said: “We are currently seeing increasing numbers of patients needing hospital care for COVID-19 and would advise the public to ensure they are fully vaccinated, continue to wear a mask in public indoor spaces, and use hand gel or wash their hands regularly.

Soaring numbers

The warning comes after another 704 new cases of Covid were recorded in Somerset in just one day – including 159 in Sedgemoor.

Mr Bryant added: “NHS and social care services in Somerset continue to be very busy and all our teams are working hard to provide high standards of care.

“We would like to reassure everyone that the NHS is still open and here for those who need us – including those who require an urgent referral or treatment for serious health concerns, such as cancer diagnosis and treatment.

“Please attend your appointments and if you are concerned about any new or worsening symptoms inform your hospital team or contact your GP surgery.

Booster jab

The latest Government figures from yesterday (Wednesday, October 20) show more than 1,200 positive coronavirus test results and three deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test result in Somerset over the latest 24 hours of recorded data.

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