Around 70 staff at Hillingdon Hospital are self-isolating after a coronavirus outbreak.

The hospital, which is almost 10 miles away from Northwick Park Hospital, has closed to emergency patients due to the outbreak.

Ambulances started being diverted to other nearby hospitals on the night of July 7.

Other departments, including maternity, are still open and walk-in patients are believed to be still being seen.

The hospital serves Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency.

A spokesman for Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "An outbreak of Covid-19 was declared on Friday July 3.

"As of Tuesday July 7, 70 members of staff are now isolating, a number of whom have tested positive for Covid-19.

"As a result, the trust has taken the precautionary decision to close Hillingdon Hospital to emergency ambulances and emergency admissions.

"The trust is managing the outbreak in line with Public Health England guidance."

Mr Johnson sent a video message to staff at the hospital to mark International Nurses' Day in May.

He thanked them for their care when he was "idiotic enough to get a shard of coffee pot in my foot".

Northwick Park Hospital itself declared a “critical incident” near the early months of the outbreak on March 19 due to a rise of coronavirus patients, but it was stood down after 24 hours.

The Harrow hospital has since seen a massive decline in coronavirus cases and deaths and has taken control in handling the virus.