Due to continuing Norovirus activity both in Jersey and the UK, Corbiere Ward in the Hospital remains closed to new admissions, following its closure on Friday, to help stop the spread of the illness.
Due to the ongoing presence of Norovirus, a very small number of patients who were scheduled to have non-urgent surgery this week have had this surgery cancelled. This number will be kept to an absolute minimum, and the decision will be reviewed on a daily basis.
Angela Body, Director of Operations at the Hospital, said: “We always cancel any surgery as a last resort. However, with an illness of this type, we have to put the welfare of people coming into the Hospital first, and carefully consider the risks to each patient on an individual basis from Norovirus if they are due to have surgery. Anyone who is affected by these cancellations will be contacted, and can be reassured that their surgery will be re-scheduled as soon as possible. If you are not contacted, this means your surgery is going ahead as normal. We hope people can understand why we have had to take this precaution.”
Mrs Body added: “The commitment of staff is very much appreciated. This weekend, people came in from home to help, who were not on call, and we are very, very grateful for the continued willingness of staff to help. Their professionalism is a credit to them.”
Patients ill with Norovirus type symptoms in other parts of the hospital are being isolated. Staff at the Hospital are working hard to reduce the impact of Norovirus across the services. A small number of health staff are ill with Norovirus and are away from their duties to help prevent further spread.
Islanders are reminded not to visit friends or family at the Hospital if they have symptoms of Norovirus, or the Norovirus infection. Anyone who have recently been in contact with others with norovirus symptoms should consider avoiding visiting the Hospital. Well visitors who come into the Hospital to visit relatives and friends are asked to limit their visit to relevant area only.
You can help to prevent Norovirus spreading by:
Keeping your hands clean to help stop the spread of Norovirus, by using soap and water, and washing hands frequently and thoroughly. Hand gels are not effective against Norovirus.
Frequent hand washing is important and especially so after going to the toilet or before preparing and consuming food. Hand gels are not effective against Norovirus.
Establishments should ensure that their catering and toilet facilities are cleaned thoroughly and regularly even if there is no reported illness.
Not going into work if you have symptoms like diarrhoea and vomiting.
If you think you have Norovirus you should:
- Go home from work, or from school as soon as practically possible
- Do not come to the hospital, or go to a GP surgery (and risk infecting others)
- Do not return to work/school until 48 hours after all symptoms have passed including vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps
Norovirus spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools, cruise ships, nursing and residential homes and hotels, and is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) in the British Isles.