Visitor restrictions due to vomiting bug at UHG

Visitors restrictions are in place again this week at two wards at University Hospital Galway due to a number of suspected cases of the vomiting bug (Norovirus ).

The restrictions were introduced on Thursday last at St Mary’s and St Teresa’s wards and visitors are being asked to comply with the request.

In a statement Saolta University Health Care Group, which runs the facility, said that in order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the virus, it is imperative that only essential visiting takes place during this period.

Children are advised not to visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

“Visitors are requested to co-operate with hospital staff who are ensuring the restrictions are adhered to and visitors are also advised that they must use the alcohol hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital. Infection controls procedures are in place and will remain so until further notice.

“If you or a member of your household has experienced nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours please do not visit the hospital as you risk spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients, some of who are on treatment for serious illnesses.”

The hospital is recommending that members of the public who are experiencing these symptoms, should telephone their local GP before presenting at the doctor’s practice.

“Patients with pre-planned hospital appointments such as outpatients who have not had any symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea should attend their appointment as normal, unless otherwise advised by the hospital. The hospital thanks the public for their cooperation.”

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