St Mary's hit by vomiting bug

By David Newble

Monday, March 10, 2014

 

A HOSPITAL ward on the Isle of Wight has been closed today (Monday) due to a suspected norovirus outbreak.

Bosses at St Mary's Hospital took the decision to close Colwell Ward following reports of vomiting and diarrhoea during the past 24 hours.

An Isle of Wight NHS Trust spokesman said the bug was usually brought into hospital by unwell patients or visitors.

The closure will be reviewed in the next 48 hours.

Outpatient appointments and clinics are not affected and patients should attend as normal.

However, anyone planning to visit Colwell Ward should only do so if it is essential and all visits will be at the discretion of ward staff.

Children and elderly or vulnerable adults, such as those with long term health conditions, should not visit.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Peter Cole

11th March 2014, at 13:02:34

I fully agree with C Ryan-Sammon

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by Peter Cole

11th March 2014, at 13:01:05

What is generally accepted is what the nhs corporation tell you.
The truth is these issues are caused by policy to save money on basics so that the administrator will get a larger bonus.
The policy seems to be minimal cleaning (just for show). When there is an outbreak of a nasty bug, close the ward, call in the deep clean team, blame visitors for spreading the bug. Every time the do not have to pay cleaners they save money. Its cheaper to have a once in a while deep clean of a ward. The whole thing is a discrace. They don't even seem to worry that patients suffer or may even lose there lives as a result of this. Typical corporate need to make more and more money at any cost.

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by C Ryan-Sammon

10th March 2014, at 19:45:53

Bring back basic hygiene...
Proper soap and water with nailbrush, hand washing, long tap handles so only use elbows to turn on & off, never hands...
STOP All Staff wearing uniform off the hospital grounds, Clean uniform everyday put on in the Hospital not at home...
Hospital Laundry only to wash uniforms...
Its not rocket science just basic Hospital Rules that always worked back in the day.

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