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Vomiting bug outbreak at Western General Hospital

27th April 2011

An outbreak of a vomiting virus has caused new rules to be imposed regarding visiting hours at Weston General Hospital.

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Patients at the hospital in Weston-super-Mare will only be allowed two visitors each and visits will be restricted to between 18.30 and 19.30.

Every visitor will be expected to clean their hands upon entry to a ward by either washing them or applying an antibacterial gel.

Visitors will also be expected to clean their hands when they leave the ward to prevent spreading the virus.

In addition, they must put on a plastic apron for the duration of the visit.

The hospital has placed restrictions on four wards where patients have been affected by the vomiting bug.

The hospital said it would make exceptions to the restrictions for 'extraordinary circumstances' but they had to be given authorisation by the ward sister or chief nurse.

Chris Bryant, director of hospital services at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said: "Hospital wards are never closed, but it makes sense to restrict new admissions or limit visiting to minimise the risk of spreading, as we are doing at present."

 

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Article Information

Title: Vomiting bug outbreak at Western General Hospital
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18322
Date Added: 27th Apr 2011

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