On Thursday evening the Basingstoke Gazette took the decision to publish an article which carried a number of inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims about our handling of COVID-19.

The situation is very different to that reported in the paper and we want to reassure our patients and staff that we have well-rehearsed plans in place to manage the outbreak and have been following all of the appropriate guidance to provide safe and effective care to our patients.

The trust rigorously follows infection control rules and did not place a COVID-19 positive patient on a ward where they could not be properly isolated and we provide full personal protective equipment to all staff who need it.

Our hardworking hospital staff have gone above and beyond and we would like to thank them for their efforts to prepare and manage any outbreak.