Hospital takes action over norovirus bug

Published date: 23 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A REVIEW of three ward closures at the Maelor Hospital is due to take place today.

The closures were put in place on Friday due to the norovirus bug, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

A statement from the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) on Friday said 11 patients had shown symptoms over the course of 48 hours.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the health board said: “Three wards have been closed. A review into the situation is due to take place on Monday.

“There remains capacity at the Maelor for patients.”

As well as suspending admissions to three wards, the BCUHB says additional infection control measures have been put in place.

The health board statement says: “To protect themselves and other patients, visitors to the hospital should look out for notices and signs that indicate affected areas and take advice from hospital staff before entering these areas.

“It is important people obey any restrictions on the number of visitors and follow guidance on cleaning hands on entering and leaving a ward area.

“Parents should not bring babies or young children on to the wards.

“People should not come to hospital visiting if they have suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting or an upset stomach during the previous two days – 48 hours.

“People who are due to come into hospital for an appointment or to be admitted and have had these symptoms should telephone the ward or department for advice before coming to hospital.”

o The Countess of Chester Hospital’s website says it is operating a restricted visiting policy on ward 43.

The move has been introduced due to a number of patients developing diarrhoea and vomiting in the hospital.

“Visiting this ward is by appointment only via the nurse in charge,” the website says.

“Please contact the ward by phone before visiting.

“Please do not visit any part of the hospital if you are unwell with norovirus.”

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