THE HSE has announced that, in the interests of patient care and as a precaution, visiting restrictions are in place in Surgical 1 Ward at St. Luke’s General Hospital, in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug).
Visiting to Surgical 1 ward at the hospital is prohibited apart from exceptional circumstances, which includes critical care patients.
Strictly no children are allowed visit the hospital.
The hospital regrets this inconvenience but stated 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.
The situation is being kept under daily review.
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 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,” she said.