The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust is currently treating patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Sadly, we can confirm that 42 patients being cared for at our hospital, and had tested positive for COVID-19, have died. One of those has been announced today.
The patient was in her 70s and had underlying health conditions.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and friends of those patients at this very difficult and distressing time.
Please note that from 12 noon on Tuesday 17th March we are suspending visiting on all our general wards.
Exceptions to this are maternity, children's areas and neonatal, where visiting is restricted to parents and birth partners only. Where patients have dementia or learning disabilities, or are end of life, visiting will be agreed on an individual basis so please discuss this with the nurse in charge.
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust has welcomed 34 new graduate nurses and another one who is returning to practice. They will now work on hospital wards and across the community after completing their three-year nursing degrees at a variety of universities. Many of the new nurses spent time with the Trust on placement.