New patients and visitors restricted due to sick bug
PUBLISHED: 20:00 26 January 2011
PUBLIC access to three wards at Weston General Hospital has been restricted following an outbreak of a vomiting bug.
Weston Area Health Trust has taken the measure to minimise the further spread of the virus at the hospital in Uphill.
Director of nursing, Ian Bramley, said: “The winter vomiting bug affects the whole community at this time of year, including schools, care homes and local businesses, because it spreads easily where people mix.
“It is important to note that it affects hospital staff, as well as patients, and we have a duty to protect them by asking people to observe good hygiene practices and not to visit if they have any symptoms of stomach upset.
“Hospital wards are never closed, but it makes sense to restrict new admissions or sometimes to limit visiting to areas affected by the vomiting bug to minimise the risk of spreading, as we are doing at present.”
Children under the aged of 11 are being asked to not visit adult wards and people unwell should also avoid hospital grounds.