To protect our patients and restrict the spread of the
winter vomiting bug, visiting is restricted in all adult general
medical and surgical wards from Friday 8th March.
Visiting remains unaffected in children’s and maternity
As a temporary measure, the Hospital is closed
to all visitors except in the following cases:
Medical and Surgical Wards: Next of kin visitors only
· ICU, HDU
and CCU: Visiting remains unaffected
Children’s Wards : Visiting remains unaffected
Maternity: Visiting remains unaffected
People remain infectious for at least
48 hours after they have had the winter vomiting bug. If you have
had diarrhea or vomiting in the last 48 hours you should not visit
a patient under any circumstances. You may still be infectious.
Director of Operations and Nursing,
Claire Champion said:
“The safety and well-being of our
patients is always our top priority. We recognise the value
of visiting to our patients and this step has not been taken
lightly; however we believe these measures are essential to ensure
we protect our patients, visitors and staff from this very
contagious winter bug.
“These restrictions are in effect from
Friday 8th March. We will review the situation on Monday and they
will be lifted when it is considered safe for our patients to do
so. Norovirus is not a significant problem in the hospital
currently, but neighbouring hospitals have been severely affected,
and we are taking early precautions.
"We understand that this may not be popular
with some members of the public but we are asking for your
understanding as we take this measure to protect all of our