Visitor restrictions continue at UHG to halt spread of vomiting bug

Management at the west’s biggest hospital has renewed its appeal to the public not to visit the facility to help curtail the spread of the winter vomiting bug.

The call comes as visiting restrictions are now in place for the past 10 days at University Hospital Galway.

“We are continuing to appeal to the public not to visit the hospital, not to bring children to the hospital and to adhere strictly to visiting restrictions and hygiene guidelines,” says a spokesperson.

“Any essential visits should be made only during visiting hours which are from 2pm to 4pm or from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.”

People who are unwell, have vomiting or diarrhoea, or have had it in the past two days should not visit the hospital, according to the authorities.

UHG has not issued any information on the number of patients affected by the virus or the procedures in place to limit its spread other than the current visitor restriction policy.

The hospital has thanked patients and the public for their co-operation and apologised for any inconvenience caused.

Management has issued the following advice:-

· Children should not be brought to the hospital.

· Only essential visits should be made and should be confined to one person at a time.

· Visitors should refrain from moving from one section of the hospital to another and should avoid canteens and any other food dispensing areas.

· Visitors should wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area, or after a visit to the toilet.

· Those with a serious illness should not visit the hospital, as they may be more likely to get sick if they come in contact with the virus.

· People who have symptoms such as an upset stomach should not attend the hospital but contact their GP in the first instance if they have serious concerns.

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