Kingston Crescent Surgery in Portsmouth closed at around 4.30pm this afternoon due to a medical emergency, which has since been confirmed as a suspected coronavirus case.
Mark Stubbings, managing partner at the Portsdown Group Practice – which runs the surgery – says the patient, a woman, walked into the surgery earlier today.
He said: ‘This woman had been at Gatwick Airport and was showing symptoms of the virus.
'She ticked all the boxes for a potential case so we isolated her and did everything we needed to do.
‘There is a protocol to follow and she will be taken to an appropriate place to be tested.’
The practice manager has urged anyone else who has symptoms to call 111, as per NHS guidelines.
He said: ‘It’s unfortunate that they came into the GP surgery.
‘Patients need to follow the NHS guidelines – anyone who has symptoms must not go to their GP surgery but dial 111.
‘If this keeps happening we won’t have any surgeries left for patients in Portsmouth.’
Anyone who shows any of the relevant symptoms of coronavirus, such as breathing problems or a fever, within 14 days of returning or transitioning from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau should remain at home and dial 111 immediately.