York Hospital Ward Closed by Winter Vomiting Bug
6:00am 27th November 2012
A ward has been closed at York Hospital as patients come down with a winter vomiting bug.
The closure of Ward 11 has put extra pressure on staff, as the hospital has been in and out of the highest level of red alert over the last three weeks.
The latest infection could see visitors banned as the hospital tries to contain the outbreak.
Friends and relatives of patients are being told to make sure they use hand gel when visiting loved ones.
A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The Trust has an excellent track record in terms of our infection control practices. We are confident that our staff understand their responsibilities in caring for patients suffering from these unpleasant and distressing symptoms. We have clear practice standards for all staff to follow in these circumstances, and this includes being strict about visiting when necessary to protect both patients and visitors. We may take harsh action and suspend all visiting to individual affected areas.
“If you are a visitor we ask that you follow guidance, which includes always washing your hands before and after visiting and use the hand sanitizer gel. This is to keep the virus contained and to help visitors to keep themselves safe as well as their friends or relatives. Visitors can call the hospital before visiting to find out if a particular ward is closed, and up-to-date information about closures is also available on display screens in the main entrance.
“We always advise that people who have been unwell should not visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.”
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