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West Suffolk Hospital confirms sixth coronavirus death

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A sixth patient with coronavirus at West Suffolk Hospital has died.

The patient was in their 80s and had underlying health conditions.

Nick Jenkins, medical director for the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our thoughts and condolences remain with the patient's family and loved ones at this difficult time."

West Suffolk Hospital (32861076)
West Suffolk Hospital (32861076)

It follows yesterday's announcement that two patients with coronavirus, in their 80s and 90s and with underlying health conditions, had passed away.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds is currently treating 16 patients with confirmed Covid-19, compared to 10 patients yesterday.

Dr Jenkins said: "Everyone has a role to play in helping to prevent the spread of infection. Please help by following the public health advice.

"To protect yourself, please be scrupulous with your hygiene and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth and use and then bin tissues if you cough or sneeze. Thorough hand washing will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

"Patients who need to attend for urgent or emergency care should still come to hospital, as should patients with appointments unless contacted and told otherwise."

However, five coronavirus patients at the hospital have recovered enough to be discharged.

The trust announced their recovery in a tweet this afternoon praising the efforts of staff.

It said: "The care, the skill, the expertise, the effort & the teamwork of our staff, means five patients who were in hospital with coronavirus have been made well enough to be discharged home.

"Five people, back home to the ones they love."

Dr Steve Dunn, chief executive of the trust, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts and condolences very much remain with the families who have lost loved ones at this difficult time.

“I’m so proud of our staff. Their professionalism, even in challenging times, is inspiring, and they are working incredibly hard.

“While we continue to pull out all the stops, we do need to ask our community to keep playing their part.

"Every single person in this country can make a difference by following the medical advice to the letter – stay at home, wash your hands, which will help stop the virus and will absolutely save lives.

“I also want to say a huge thank you to all the support and well-wishes we receive via social media on an hourly basis.

"It’s so important for our staff to hear and see that the community they serve is hugely proud of what they do to keep everybody safe. Thank you."