Visting restricted at St Luke’s due to virus

Visiting restrictions have been put in place on Surgical 2 ward at St Luke’s General Hospital in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug) at St Luke’s General Hospital.

Visiting restrictions have been put in place on Surgical 2 ward at St Luke’s General Hospital in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug) at St Luke’s General Hospital.

Visiting to Surgical 2 ward will be prohibited apart from in exceptional circumstances, which includes critical care patients. No children will be allowed visit the hospital.

The situation at the hospital will be reviewed daily.

St Luke’s General Hospital says it regrets this inconvenience but it is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of these illnesses to both patients and staff. Where appropriate, mobile phone contact between families should be considered as an alternative to visiting.

Anne Slattery, the general manager at St Luke’s, has asked the general public for their co-operation.

“The vomiting bug is currently in the community and people may unknowingly bring the bug into the hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends,” she said.

“I would appeal to the public to co-operate with the restrictions currently in place and advise anyone who 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. Patient care is our priority and we would urge the public to help hospital staff keep the virus at bay as it can further debilitate those who are already sick in hospital.”

The highly infectious vomiting bug, Noro-Virus, usually causes short-lasting outbreaks of abdominal pain and nausea followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It is usually quite mild and rarely causes severe problems, however it may be quite unpleasant and debilitating in small children or older people who are already ill or infirm.