There has been an increased incidence of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community which has been reflected in one of the wards in the General Hospital.
To ensure the infection is contained, which may be Norovirus, Bartlett Ward at the General Hospital is currently closed to admissions and visiting has been restricted.
Currently, several patients are affected.
Enhanced cleaning has started 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 probable Norovirus outbreak is being managed.
The situation will be 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. Should you develop these symptoms you are advised to contact your GP.
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.