Non-emergency treatment is halted as Prince of Wales staff are told they can shelter in temporary accommodation The Prince of Wales Hospital, at the centre of an outbreak of severe atypical pneumonia among its staff, has suspended non-emergency operations and specialist consultations, as the outbreak shows no signs of abating. The hospital is also offering temporary accommodation for the first time to staff worried that they might have been exposed and could infect family members. As of yesterday, 49 medical staff had been admitted to hospital. Of these, 42 were suffering from severe atypical pneumonia. Four were in intensive care. Ninety-eight family members of staff were checked, with one showing pneumonia symptoms, health authorities said last night. 'Special accommodation is being offered to staff for the duration of the outbreak,' a Prince of Wales Hospital spokesman said. 'For safety's sake, many colleagues have decided to have some barrier with their own family. Some have stayed in hotels, while others have asked their wives and children to stay somewhere else,' said Dr Leung Ka-lau, president of the Public Doctors' Association. He criticised the Hospital Authority for being less than transparent in managing the health crisis. 'My non-medical friends got the impression from the government that it's still yellow light, whereas medical professionals know it's red light now,'' he said. Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Yeoh Eng-kiong said yesterday there might be infections of atypical pneumonia in the community directly related to the outbreaks involving mostly medical workers from four public hospitals and one Mongkok clinic. The Sha Tin hospital last night said it would suspend all non-urgent services for up to two weeks. On Saturday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) sent out an emergency travel advisory about 'Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome'. The syndrome was detected in Guangdong last month. Dr Yeoh said Hong Kong was still a safe place to visit, adding that the WHO advisory cast a wider net than the actual situation.