Visitor ban in place in St Luke’s Hospital

Mary Cody

Reporter:

Mary Cody

St Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny.
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).

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 situation at the hospital is being reviewed on a daily basis. Visiting to all wards at St. Luke’s General Hospital is prohibited apart from: seriously ill patients, partners or designated visitor of maternity patients, and parents/guardians will only be permitted to Childrens Ward. Strictly no children allowed visit the hospital.

A spokesperson for St. Luke’s General Hospital said that the measure is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of these illnesses to both patients and staff.

Cancer Services, Emergency Services and Outpatient Services will continue as normal. The situation is being kept under daily review. Ms. Anne Slattery, General Manager, St. Luke’s General Hospital is asking the general public for their co-operation with the visiting restrictions and reiterated how important it is for patients that these infection control measures are respected.

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

“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.

“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 vomiting bug known as Norovirus 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.