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Winter Vomiting Bug Closes Four Wards at York Hospital

York Hospital 2

4:39pm 7th February 2013

An urgent plea has been issued from health professionals at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust asking people who have been unwell not to visit friends and family at the hospital.

The hospital currently has four wards closed due to viral gastroenteritis. 

Libby McManus, chief nurse, said: “We are specifically asking people who have been unwell not to visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours. This is really important because the virus is highly infectious. The virus is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands.

“We have had instances recently where visitors have vomited whilst on our wards, placing patients and staff at risk and causing us to close further ward areas at a time when the hospital is particularly busy. Closing wards helps us to contain the virus but visitors can play a big part by staying away if possible. We would urge visitors to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits at this time.

“If you do have to visit someone in hospital 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.”

Patients’ friends and relatives can call the hospital before visiting to find out if a particular ward is affected, and up-to-date information about closures is also available on display screens in the main and south entrance.

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