Press release – December 26 2016
Visiting restrictions lifted on Gilwern Unit at Hereford County Hospital
Visiting restrictions at the County Hospital’s Gilwern Unit have been lifted. The unit, for frail and elderly patients, has been closed to visitors for several days following an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.
While visitors are now allowed back on the ward, it is important that any visitors with diarrhoea and/or vomiting do not visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
Visitors are requested to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments.
The Trust thanks all patients and visitors for their understanding during this period and to emphasise that these restrictions were put in place to protect our patients, as part of a zero tolerance approach to healthcare associated infections.
Note to Editors:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £180 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, communication and engagement manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Amanda Millichip, communication officer, 01432 355444 ext. 5105.