Coronavirus isolation pods were installed by Addenbrooke as a precautionary measure.
The portable cabins were installed next to the clinical school on the Cambridge biomedical campus.
A staff member, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he speculated that the temporary buildings had been set up for construction work.
However, a sign posted “coronavirus isolation pods” went up yesterday morning (February 13).
It is understood that the pods are a precautionary measure.
According to the British government website, typical coronavirus symptoms include:
- A cough that could progress to severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
- Feeling of excessive tiredness / fatigue
- High temperature
- Sore throat
These can be more severe in people with weakened immune systems, in older people and in those with long-term conditions such as diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.
Addenbrooke is unable to comment on any issue related to the coronavirus.
An SSN spokesman said: “Following national guidelines, all hospitals are installing NHS 111 capsules in their emergency departments, so that anyone who goes to hospital with symptoms of the virus can be kept isolated from other patients and avoid causing unnecessary A&E pressure.
“In the coming weeks, many of us may need to self-isolate ourselves for a period to reduce the spread of this virus. Everyone can continue to do their part by taking simple steps such as washing their hands to prevent the spread of the infection and calling NHS 111 first before seeking medical attention or emergency room if they have doubts or show symptoms of coronavirus. “
A statement from the Cambridge University hospitals website states, “Cambridge NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for the outbreak of new infectious diseases.
“The National Health Service has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and staff of the National Health Service while ensuring that services are normally available to the public.
The risk for the public is moderate. If you came back to the UK from the mainland China, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macao within 14 days, follow specific advice for return travelers.
Anyone who has traveled to China or to the places listed above in the past 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, must immediately:
- Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
- Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent trip to the country. “