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Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 10 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision his Department has made to assist all hospitals in setting up dedicated isolation wards for patients who carry infections. (240744)

The Department provides guidance on isolation practice but decisions on the provision of isolation facilities are made locally. However, isolation facilities do not have to be designated solely for this purpose and additional isolation facilities can be created to meet transitory demand by using general beds.