Moment coronavirus patient ‘escorted to hospital in ambulance by men in hazmat suits’

A witness has described the moment she saw men in ‘hazmat suits’ escort a patient from a house in Buxton to Royal Liverpool Hospital, after a case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the town.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:28 am

The Department of Health confirmed that a coronavirus patient is being treated at a specialist centre at Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Zoe Milly Jones was on Clifton Road, Buxton at around 10.45pm yesterday (February 26), when she saw two ambulances, escorted by police cars, stop on the road.

She claimed that after putting hazmat suits on, two ambulance staff put on protective clothing before entering the address.

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Ms Jones added that the ambulance, escorted by police, then took the patient to Royal Liverpool Hospital.

The news comes after patients were advised not to attend Buxton Medical Practice, on Temple Road, due to a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Burbage Primary School in the town sent a message to parents to advise that the school would be closed due to a ‘confirmed case of coronavirus’ among the parents.

As of 26 February, a total of 7,132 people have been tested in the UK, of which 7,119 were confirmed negative and 13 positive.

Ambulances in Buxton - Credit: Zoe Milly Jones

The Department for Health and Social Care has been contacted for comment.

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

A cough

A high temperature

Clifton Road, Buxton

Shortness of breath

These symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

If you suspect you have cornoavirus, do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.