Members of the public are being reminded not to visit the General Hospital if they are experiencing symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting, following an increased incidence of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community which has been reflected in one of the wards in the General Hospital.
The outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting has now been confirmed as Norovirus.
If anyone has a planned appointment at the Hospital, but have diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms they are asked to ring and let the Hospital know – to avoid Norovirus spreading, and ensure the infection is contained.
Bartlett Ward at the General Hospital is still currently closed to admissions and visiting has been restricted.
Currently, several patients are still affected. Enhanced cleaning continues, and this will be done on a regular basis.
Staff movement has also been restricted, and only essential staff have access to the affected ward.
We wish to assure members of the public that clinical management of the patients who are currently on Bartlett Ward will not be compromised while this Norovirus outbreak is being managed.
The situation is being reviewed by senior Hospital managers on a daily basis.
Members of the public are asked not to visit the Hospital if they have symptoms which include diarrhoea, with or without nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain and/or fever.
Other areas of the Hospital remain unaffected.
The single most effective way to prevent any probable spread of Norovirus is with thorough hand washing, using soap and water.
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