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  1. Ambulance service hub sees seven positive Covid tests

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Seven staff members at the South Western Ambulance Service's control hub in Exeter have tested positive for coronavirus over the past two weeks, managers have confirmed.

    An additional nine staff based there were currently self-isolating, they added.

    The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said it was "doing all we can to contain this small outbreak, and keep our staff safe", including providing more testing to staff and conducting deep cleaning.

    It added: "We would like to reassure people the outbreak is not adversely impacting our ability to provide a safe and effective service to patients.

    "We continue to have high levels of staffing across the trust, and a very low number of our staff are currently off work having tested positive for Covid-19 or through self-isolation."

    The trust also said it was "well-prepared to handle expected further increases in coronavirus cases alongside other pressures this winter".

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