Feilding Palmer Hospital in Lutterworth is temporary stopping admission of patients

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NHS Trust said it made the decision because the old building cannot conform to the Government's social distancing rules.

Feilding Palmer Hospital in Lutterworth is temporary stopping admission of patients.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust said it made the decision because the old building cannot conform to the Government's social distancing rules.

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A spokesperson for the trust said: "As part of this work, we have temporarily suspended the admission of patients to Feilding Palmer Hospital, Lutterworth.

"This temporary measure has been discussed and agreed with our commissioners.

"The small Victorian hospital does not enable safe social distancing to be maintained on the ward to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection.

"We have additional in-patient beds in all our other community hospitals that continue to be used as needed, including nearby Market Harborough and Hinckley.

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"The hospital opened in 1899. Its structure and layout means that safe social distancing on the ward cannot be maintained."

The trust added that the the main corridor is less than two metres wide, making it impossible for staff or patients to pass each other safely.

And there are no isolation facilities, which means if one patient developed symptoms of Covid-19, all would be forced to stay and isolate for 14 days.