Coronavirus: two Edinburgh doctors test positive for COVID-19

These are thought to be the first confirmed cases of medics in Scotland contracting the virus.

By Andy Shipley
Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 5:36 pm

TWO doctors from a top Edinburgh hospital have tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Italy, the Evening News can reveal.

A third consultant at Murrayfield’s private Spire facility was also tested but returned a negative result.

All three travelled together to Italy for a skiing holiday.

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The Spire Murrayfield Hospital

The pair are thought to be the first confirmed cases of medics in Scotland contracting the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus.

Hospital bosses have written to all staff giving assurances none of the three medics have entered the hospital since returning to the Capital.

A source said: “Three consultants went to Italy last week and on their return two, it’s been notified, have positive testing for coronavirus.

“But none of them have been into the hospital or within the grounds since returning from Italy.”

The Evening News was told the three consultants were on a skiing holiday with their families in Italy.

It was unclear where the two positive cases are being treated or their conditions. It was also unclear whether the third is in self-isolation at home.

Many of the Spire’s consultants also work within the NHS and it was not known whether any of the three involved had worked in other hospitals since their return.

Founded in 1984, the Corstorphine Road hospital delivers a range of private healthcare working with leading consultant physicians and surgeons.

Spire, NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government declined to comment.