A NUMBER of patients within a stroke ward at a Glasgow hospital have tested positive for Covid-19. 

Health bosses have confirmed they are dealing with a "small" outbreak in Ward 36 in the Royal Infirmary, but have moved to reassure locals there is no wider threat to the public.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) chiefs say they have taken steps to steps to ensure the unit is safe, including enhanced cleaning and contact tracing. 

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It comes shortly after two staff members in the Health Records office were forced to quarantine after they tested positive for the virus. 

An NHSGGC spokeswoman said: "We have a small number of positive cases of patients at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. 

"We continue to care for these patients and wish them a quick recovery.

"We follow the highest standards of infection control in response to such situations, including the temporary closure of the ward to new admissions, regular enhanced cleaning and conducting contact tracing and isolation where appropriate. 

Glasgow Times:

"All of our staff continue to work extremely hard to treat our patients across healthcare settings and we are committed to upholding the highest standards of infection prevention and control and ensuring the latest guidance is followed within NHSGGC." 

Last month, sources within the Castle Street hospital claimed to the Glasgow Times it took management almost three months to enforce social distancing measures. 

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This was refuted by the health board, who said infection control procedures have been implemented “since the outset of this pandemic”.