The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has issued another important reminder for visitors and patients to stay away from St Mary’s Hospital if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V) until they are 48 hours clear of any symptoms and feeling much better.
Unfortunately, St Mary’s Hospital is experiencing cases of the virus with a small number of patients and staff having developed diarrhoea and vomiting this week. The D&V is currently contained to one ward and the affected bay has been closed to new admissions as a precautionary measure.
There has been a recent increase in the number of cases of D&V in the community.
Shaun Stacey, Interim Chief Operating Officer at St. Mary’s Hospital, said:
“It is crucial for us to contain this and make sure we keep further cases of D&V out of the hospital. As people well know, we are a very busy hospital at the moment and we have some particularly poorly patients who are vulnerable to infection; we need to protect them, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services.”
“Viral gastroenteritis is highly infectious and we must be extra vigilant. It is vital that anyone who is feeling unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, planning to visit their friend or relative in hospital, nursing or a residential home, stays at home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop to avoid the spread of infection. If you are due to come into hospital for an outpatient appointment or an operation, let us know and we will discuss an alternative date with you.”
Anyone unwell with D&V and due to come to the hospital for an outpatient appointment or a planned operation should telephone the hospital straight away to discuss rescheduling their appointment. If you’re unsure whether you have been 48 hours clear of symptoms, telephone the number on your appointment letter and seek advice.
Anyone feeling unwell can telephone NHS 111 for information and advice. Do not visit the Beacon Centre at St. Mary’s Hospital if you have diarrhoea and vomiting or are not yet 48 hours clear of symptoms.
Please refrain from visiting if you have:
- been unwell with D&V. You must be at least 48 hours clear of symptoms
- had recent contact with anyone who has had D&V, even if you feel well.
Everyone coming into St. Mary’s Hospital should ensure they cleanse their hands on entering and leaving the hospital, and entering and leaving clinical areas. This must be a mixture of both hand gel (at the main entrance, to stop other germs) and using soap and water (particularly important for norovirus prevention) in available hand basins – either in toilets or on the ward being visited.