Keep clean and stay well, plea

By Emily Pearce

Friday, December 27, 2013

 

PEOPLE who have been visiting mainland friends and relatives over the Christmas holiday should take extra care not to spread disease when they return home to the Isle of Wight, health bosses said today (Friday).

The warning follows a rise in cases of vomiting and diarrhoea across the south coast, particularly in Southampton, over the last three weeks.

Dr Emily MacNaughton, an infection control doctor at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: "If you are visiting healthcare, hospital, nursing or residential care home facilities for any reason please make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This protects patients, residents, staff and yourself.

"We don’t currently have any beds closed at St. Mary’s Hospital and that is the way we want to keep it."

Anyone who has been unwell with vomiting or diarrhoea should not visit people in hospital or care homes, to prevent the spread of infection.

The Isle of Wight Council's acting director of public health, Simon Bryant, said: "Good hand hygiene is important at all times but especially when children, older or vulnerable people are concerned.

"The simple act of washing your hands on a regular basis, especially after visiting the toilet and before eating food, can do a lot to prevent the spread of this highly infectious disease.

"It’s in our collective hands to stop this affecting the Island."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Keith Roberts

29th December 2013, at 21:35:58

I'm sure that washing hands after using the toilet is sensible advice but many gents' toilets have a hand operated soap dispenser over the sink which the grubby hands all touch BEFORE using the water ! I don't think powerful hand dryers do the cause much good either as they merely blast the germs everywhere.Time to put on our thinking caps perhaps ?

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by David Blackford

29th December 2013, at 07:14:23

I think you are right Terry - especially T.B.

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by Terry Dalley

28th December 2013, at 21:57:12

we have no health checks at the borders of our country that is where the problems are com ng from from and it has been so for far to long

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by David Blackford

28th December 2013, at 13:49:54

I agree Don - contact with "dirt" as a youngster helps to develop the immune system.

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by Don Prescott

28th December 2013, at 11:05:56

I also well remember scrabbling around in ponds and ditches as a child.
The difference here is that a hospital SHOULD be a completely sterile zone, not just the ORs.
I totally agree money must carry germs as do the keypads of ATMs, where one gets the money and there are many other places where one puts ones hands that will also be contaminated.
That still does not alter the fact that the filthiest place we encounter on a daily basis is the paths, walkways and streets, so it stands to reason that most germs would be transported by shoes/boots/trainers into and onto the hospital walkways.

Until Dr. MacNaughton grasps that simple fact and installs some form of barrier similar to those installed at farms which have murrain (foot-and-mouth) disease to stop the spread, then all the handwashing and gels in the world will not stop the transmission of bacteria.

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by David Blackford

28th December 2013, at 09:34:27

Yes - hand over your money (filthy lucre) it is covered with germs!

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by Graeme Egerton

28th December 2013, at 09:07:18

No one seems to be taking this seriously. I propose that we have screening at the ferry terminals, like on all those programmes on Sky Living, where you are asked if you have brought any mainland germs with you. Anyone who fails to declare they have brought some mainland germs with them should be denied entry and put on the next available ferry. All hands, bags, insides of cars etc could be swiped (again, this idea is pinched off the TV) for cleanliness and anyone failing to meet the standards required will have to wash before being allowed to proceed. No one would be upset by a three hour delay (that's just a guess really) in order to keep the Island safe from these mainland germs. We should look at setting up an Island School of Tropical Medicine to tackle the problem.

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by David Blackford

28th December 2013, at 09:02:05

Come on Lee, I can hear you now - Bursting with moths

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by David Blackford

28th December 2013, at 08:53:58

All down to personal hygiene -wash your hands - easy to forget.
- But one thing that always makes me feel dirty is handling paper money - As in the expression "Filthy Lucre" ?? My wallet must be bursting with germs!

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by Russell Palin

28th December 2013, at 05:40:50

We should take notice, disease in hospital is not very good at all, if one were savable on arrival and yet succumbed to this it would be tragic.
By the way. Money is dirty, "wash hands after touching" should be printed on it. I am sure.

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