A full ban on visiting is in place at St Luke’s General Hospital in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug).
The ban was put in place yesterday afternoon, in the interests of patient care and as a precaution. The situation at the hospital is being reviewed on a daily basis.
Visiting to all wards at St Luke’s is prohibited apart from in exceptional circumstances, which includes critical care patients and seriously ill/terminally ill patients. Maternity/Gynae visiting is restricted to partners/designated person only, while parents and guardians will only be permitted to childrens ward – and strictly no children are to visit the hospital.
Where appropriate, mobile phone contact between families should be considered as an alternative to visiting.
Cancer Services, Emergency Services and Outpatient Services will continue as normal. Patients coming to outpatient services (clinics) are requested to bring their appointment letter with them.
St Luke’s General Hospital says it regrets the inconvenience, but it is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of illnesses to both patients and staff.
General Manager Anne Slattery has asked the public for their co-operation with the visiting restrictions and reiterated how important it is for patients that these infection control measures are respected.
“I would appeal to the public to co-operate with the restrictions currently in place and advise anyone who may have been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or anyone who has had contact with persons with these symptoms, not to visit hospital until they have been symptom free for 72 hours,” she said.