With cases of diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community, visitors to St Mary’s Hospital are being reminded that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends whether they be in hospital or nursing/residential care homes.
A spokesman for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust has today (Wednesday) said:
“We would ask members of the public who have had diarrhoea and vomiting to refrain from visiting St. Mary’s unless they have been clear of the symptoms for at least 48 hours. Everyone visiting the hospital for any reason is encouraged to make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This is not only to protect patients who are vulnerable, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services.”
- Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is very important, particularly for the elderly and the very young that are most at risk.
- If the symptoms persist, telephone NHS 111. Further details of symptoms are available on the NHS Choices website at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gastroenteritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx.
- Good hygiene is important during outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting as it is highly contagious. To prevent becoming infected it is very important to wash your hands with soap and water after you have been around someone who is ill. Thorough cleaning of hard surfaces with a bleach solution, paying particular attention to the toilet and toilet area will help to reduce the spread of the virus.