George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has confirmed that a ward has been closed to new admissions due to an outbreak of an illness, suspected to be norovirus.
Patients and family members have been notified of the closure of the Adam Bede Ward and have been assured that appropriate precautions have been put in place. The ward will remain closed to new admissions until all patients remain free of diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms for 48 hours.
Patients with the symptoms are being monitored closely and all required patient treatments are continuing as normal.
The Infection Prevention and Control Team at George Eliot are asking that members of the public do not visit the hospital, if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting, until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.
Martina Morris, Deputy Director of Nursing at George Eliot Hospital Trust, said: “It is unusual to experience an outbreak of norovirus at this time of year, but we have seen a sudden increase in the number of patients presenting with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.
“We will not know whether this is norovirus, until after the results are returned from the laboratory, however, we have already taken prompt actions to limit the spread.
“Some cases of illnesses like this are unavoidable in hospitals because symptoms do not develop until a few days after infection. Other cases are avoidable, and we ask that those suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea do not come into the hospital. If you need medical advice, or guidance, please call NHS 111.
“Although norovirus is unpleasant, people who are in good health will usually recover in a few days, however it can be dangerous to some of our vulnerable patients. Because of this, we have taken steps to protect our patients by closing the Adam Bede Ward to new admissions.”
For more information on diarrhoea and vomiting, please visit: http://www.choosewellmanchester.org.uk/self-care/self-care-information-for-adults/diarrhoea-and-vomiting/
Issue resolved 14/08/2017