Coronavirus: Pharmacy worker explains how 'emergency' was declared in Portsmouth GP surgery

A technician who works in the pharmacy next to the doctors’ surgery closed after a suspected case of coronavirus has spoken about when the ‘emergency’ was declared.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 6:22 pm
Updated Friday, 14th February 2020, 6:50 pm

Sarah Stanhope, a technician at Rowlands Pharmacy, which is connected to the surgery said: ‘At about 4.45pm a receptionist from the surgery told us we needed to close the shutters to the surgery. They said it was an emergency - and we weren’t told anything else.

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‘Our head office had to call up NHS England to find out what was going on. I appreciated they don’t want scaremongering - but we should have been told.‘They said the patient came straight into the surgery - they didn’t come through the pharmacy.’

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Kingston Crescent surgery in Portsmouth has been closed for a deep clean after a patient with suspected coronavirus entered the building Picture: Richard Lemmer
Kingston Crescent surgery Picture: Richard Lemmer