Altnagelvin closes Ward 40 following vomiting outbreak

Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:00 -- Editor

The Western Trust has closed Altnagelvin's stroke ward to new admissions following an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea which affected 6 patients and 3 staff.

The public have been asked not to visit patients in Altnagelvin Hospital if they have been feeling unwell themselves.

The Trust's Infection Prevention and Control team is continuing to provide advice and increased infection control measures have been taken.

“There are currently six patients and three staff affected in Ward 40. No new patients or staff are experiencing symptoms as of today. The Trust is aware of the reported increased incidence of Norovirus in the community. Staff are alert to this and remain vigilant.  We would remind the public that they have an important role to play by not visiting any health care setting, hospital or care home, if they are feeling unwell themselves. If someone has been unwell we would advise them to wait at least 48 to 72 hours before visiting," said Alan Corry Finn, Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Primary Care and Older Peoples Services.

“Good hand hygiene is also very important when visiting a patient or relative. People should thoroughly wash their hands before and after visiting, for their own protection as well as for the prevention of the spread of infection. Visitors are asked to limit visiting to the designated times of between 3pm and 4pm and from 7pm until 8.30pm.They should only visit the one patient whilst at the hospital and should not move from ward to ward when visiting. We are asking relatives and friends of patients in hospital for their understanding and cooperation with the nursing staff with the arrangements which have been put in place in the interest of patients.”

At present no other area of the hospital is affected,and no other appointments or services have been cancelled.