A Merseyside GP surgery which had to close yesterday after a visit from a patient thought to potentially have coronavirus has been deep cleaned and reopened.

The ECHO understands Pilch Lane Health Centre in Huyton reopened this morning after a clean in line with information released by NHS Knowsley yesterday.

Areas of the building visited by the patient were set to be cleaned yesterday after the patient's visit.

A sign on the surgery placed on the surgery door yesterday originally made reference to a "suspected case of coronavirus" but it was later replaced with a different sign saying the surgery would reopen today after a clean as a "precautionary measure".

School pupils and Liverpool fans are among others affected by coronavirus scares across Merseyside, as a spike in cases in northern Italy reverberated across our region, with travellers returning from the area advised to self-isolate for two weeks.

The full statement from the NHS yesterday regarding Pilch Lane Health Centre said: “Pilch Lane surgery is temporarily closed today to enable a clean of the surgery as a routine precautionary measure.

“The practice will reopen at the normal time tomorrow morning and patients will be advised if their appointment needs to be rearranged.

“We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused.

“Safety is our priority and we have been working with public health teams to make sure there is no risk to staff and patients.

“Patients who have an appointment at the surgery today will be contacted and
offered a telephone consultation.”