Update: Forth Valley Royal ward closure

Health officials have confirmed that only one ward at Forth Valley Royal has been temporarily closed following Covid-19 positive cases.

NHS Forth Valley has said that there will be no new admissions or visiting while investigations are carried out.

They have not identified the ward for “confidentiality” reasons.

In a statement, a health authority spokesperson said: “NHS Forth Valley can confirm that a ward at Forth Valley Royal Hospital has been temporarily closed to new admissions and visiting has been paused as a precautionary measure whilst investigations are undertaken into a small number of cases of Covid-19 identified through test and protect.

A ward has been closed to new admissions at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert

“To respect and maintain confidentiality, no further details will be released.

“Staff, patients and their families have been informed of the development and close contacts are being followed up by our Test and Protect Team.

“NHS Forth Valley is taking every measure to protect staff and patients and in line with national guidance, have notified Health Protection Scotland.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that a student at Stirling University has tested positive for coronavirus.

The student is now in self-isolation following the positive test.

Other students and staff were informed of the case immediately after it was confirmed.

However, health officials said that the student has not been in direct contact with any other students, staff or "the wider Stirling community".

NHS Forth Valley said that it continues to work with the university and issued a reminder of the importance of following national coronavirus guidelines to the entire community.

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