Visiting restrictions lifted at St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny

VISITING restrictions at St. Luke's General Hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny have been lifted. However, as the bug is still very prevalent in the community, Hospital management stress that visiting times between the hours of 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm should be adhered to.

VISITING restrictions at St. Luke's General Hospital for Carlow/Kilkenny have been lifted. However, as the bug is still very prevalent in the community, Hospital management stress that visiting times between the hours of 2.00pm – 4.00pm and 6.30pm – 8.30pm should be adhered to.

Anne Slattery, General Manager of St. Luke's said: "We would like to thank the public for their co-operation to date and continue the appeal to people 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. The bug is currently widespread in the community and highly contagious and people may unknowingly bring the bug into the Hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends. Patient care is our priority and we would urge the public to help staff keep the virus at bay as it can further debilitate those who are already sick in hospital," explained Ms. Slattery.

People are also advised not to attend Emergency Departments if symptomatic. If symptoms persist, contact your GP by telephone and advise him/her of your condition before going to the surgery so as to limit the spread of the virus.

The vomiting bug known as Small Rounded Structured Viruses (SRSV) 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 sick.

The virus is highly infectious and is spread by;

direct contact with vomit or diarrhoea

from someone who is ill, especially if personal hygiene is not good

from the air around someone who has just vomited

from contaminated food

People affected by the virus should drink plenty of fluids; maintain strict hygiene and because of the highly contagious nature of the virus and avoid visiting hospitals or nursing homes. If symptoms persist, contact your GP by telephone and advise him/her of your condition before going to the surgery so as to limit the spread of the virus.