All medical staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital required testing after 3 nurses infected

Monday, January 25, 2021

Three nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital were tested preliminary positive for the coronavirus today, which triggers hospital-wide testing for all medical staff.

Health officials said the three nurses have worked in the general medical ward and the isolation ward.

Dr Lau Ka-hin, the Hospital Authority's chief manager for quality and standards, said the nurse who worked in the general medical ward has not contacted any Covid patients at work.

“Confirmed cases have been recorded from the building the nurse lives, which we suspect the nurse may have picked up the virus outside the hospital,” said Lau.

“While the other two nurses have been wearing full protective gear working inside the isolation wards, no other patients have been affected.”

Lau added that the three nurses have dined with nine other colleagues, all needing to be put under quarantine.

The Hospital Authority has since arranged all medical staff at the hospital to undergo Covid testing.