21/12/2016

Hospital Wards And Hotel Closed Following Norovirus Outbreak

Six hospital wards and a hotel have been closed following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, the Norovirus.

Five wards at Altnagelvin Hospital and one ward at the Waterside Hospital have been temporarily closed to new admissions following confirmation of the outbreak.

The four-star Slieve Russel Hotel in Co Cavan has also been closed following increased incidences of infection among staff and residents at the hotel, spa and golf resort.
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The Western Health and Social Care Trust said that its Infection Prevention and Control Team are closely monitoring the outbreak and continuing to provide advice to staff.

Increased infection control measures have been put in place such as isolation of symptomatic patients and appropriate use of Contact Precautions and appropriate use of Personal Protective Clothing, increased and enhanced cleaning and limiting the movement of staff between wards unless absolutely necessary.

People are being asked not to attend the hospital unless absolutely necessary, in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

Those who decide to visit relatives in the hospital are asked to thoroughly wash their hands before and after visiting.

(MH/CD)

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