Health bosses at Wye Valley NHS Trust have closed the two wards at Ross Community Hospital to visitors due to norovirus.
Relatives of patients in the hospital are advised that limited visiting can be arranged on compassionate grounds.
The decision has been taken as a preventative measure to halt the further spread of diarrhoea and vomiting which is affecting some patients.
While it is business as usual for outpatient services at the hospital, patients should only attend hospital appointments if they have been free from symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting for 48 hours.
The Trust is asking anyone visiting the hospital to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in the hospital entry points in order to prevent any further spread of infection.
This kind of outbreak comes from within the community and is often seen at this time of year. Experience has shown that restricting visiting can lessen the chance of spread to both patients and visitors and other areas of the hospital.
Wye Valley NHS Trust thanks all patients and visitors for their understanding during this period and to emphasise that these restrictions are in place to protect patients as part of the Trust’s zero tolerance approach to healthcare associated infections.
Top tips to help people protect themselves and their families from spreading catching and spreading norovirus:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food. If you’re in an NHS facility pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.
- Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with a norovirus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
- Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.
- Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated with a norovirus. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.
Although people usually recover without treatment in 24-72 hours, it is important to stay away from work, school, college or any social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.
Note to Editors WVT:
- 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 Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.