Ulster Hospital ward closed following Covid-19 outbreak
A ward at the Ulster Hospital in Belfast has closed to new admissions due to patients and staff being affected by Covid-19.
The South Eastern Health Trust has confirmed there are "currently a number of staff and patients affected by Covid-19 in a medical ward at the Ulster Hospital".
"The team are working together to minimise the impact on those affected and the services provided," the trust added.
"The ward is currently closed to new admissions and additional infection control measures are in place."
In a statement released this afternoon, the trust confirmed two patients and seven members of staff have tested positive.
"Nine other patients are self isolating and the ward has been closed to further admissions and to visitors," the statement said.
"The staff members who have tested positive are all following public health guidance, and are self-isolating at home. Additional infection prevention and control measures are in place to contain any further spread.
"We would like to re-assure all patients and members of the public attending the Ulster Hospital that it is safe to do so. Relatives of patients in Ward 16 should contact the ward directly if they have any queries."