Vomiting bug spreads at hospital

By Richard Wright

Sunday, March 16, 2014



NOROVIRUS is spreading at St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight health chiefs have confirmed.

The diarrhoea and vomiting bug has now led to the closure of several areas.

Colwell Ward, Appley Ward, stroke rehabilitation and general rehabilitation wards are all currently closed to new admissions.

One bay in the hospital’s Medical Assessment Unit is also closed to new patients.

"It is clear that norovirus is circulating in the Island community and that it is not just a problem associated with the hospital," said a hospital spokesman.

"As part of the trust’s actions to reduce the risk associated with the public bringing further infection into the hospital, we have taken the decision to restrict visiting across all areas of the hospital.

The visiting restrictions are:

Essential visiting only.

Once daily between 2pm and 3pm.

No more than two visitors per patient.

Children under the age of 16 and elderly or vulnerable adults should not visit unless necessary.

"Anyone who has had symptoms, such as vomiting and diarrhoea, must not come into the hospital until they have been clear of those symptoms for at least 48 hours," said the spokesman.

"The trust stresses the decision does not affect any outpatient appointments or clinics and patients should attend as normal. "

It says it is "vital" that anyone who is feeling unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, and 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.

The trust emphasises the importance of good hand hygiene.

* All five ward areas remain closed to new admissions today (Sunday) as health chiefs at St Mary's Hospital continue to deal with the norovirus outbreak.

Alan Sheward, executive director of nursing and director of infection prevention and control at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: "We have a plan in place to completely clear the Medical Assessment Unit to enable the entire unit to be steam cleaned. Other closed areas are being deep cleaned once all patients in those areas are 48 hours clear of symptoms.  

"The need for strict infection control arrangements are clear to all staff, volunteers and visitors. We’re very grateful to everyone, staff and volunteers, who have been working so hard to help us resolve this problem.  

"We’re also grateful to visitors and Islanders generally who are taking greater care with hygiene and hand washing."

Patients visiting the Beacon Centre and Emergency Department should only be accompanied by one person, if possible.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by David Blackford

18th March 2014, at 07:01:24

How about Jeyes fluid - kill anything!

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by Barbara Green

17th March 2014, at 21:08:11

not surprised the virus is spreading I was in hospital just over a year ago and I caught the diarrhoea bug and was ignored by the nurses when I said that I thought I had a bug they didn't even send off the samples that I kept giving them and to top it all I was sent to have a CT scan, (not related to the virus) Its not the same as a few years ago when the cleaning staff were employed by the hospital need I say any more

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by lulu arnold

17th March 2014, at 18:43:51

bleach is very good , in India where you would imagine things are not always so clean , bleach is used every few hours , on all tops and floors, if they could bathe you in it they would ,this strain I think is airborne , might masks be an idea ?

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by kevin froment

17th March 2014, at 14:10:17

sounds harsh but why dont they stop all vivitors for 2 or 3 days, that should be long enough to clear the hospital properly

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by GARRY Green

17th March 2014, at 11:05:51

RE I Lander - Yes I have been saying it for years - automatic doors in toilets because you can wash your hands as much as you like but you still have to get out of the place by touching things that have been contaminated by the dirtbags of society!

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

17th March 2014, at 07:42:04

DB it has spread orginally 3 wards affected now 5. Keep up fella.

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by steve paul taylor

17th March 2014, at 07:33:26

Until we loose our Victorian methods of hygiene in hospitals and the way managers perceive hospitals we will have outbreaks like this all the time. I recently had treatment at the hospital I honestly couldn't understand what all the people were doing there just ambling around! it resembled a shopping centre. How long before COSTA set up in there. I also had treatment in a Spanish clinic recently the only people you see ambling are all dressed in green or white.

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by David Blackford

17th March 2014, at 07:24:36

I'm surprised that this bug hasn't spread to other wards - as hospital staff move around the hospital. - So I guess hygiene of hospital staff must be pretty good

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by Tony Tiltman Jnr

17th March 2014, at 06:59:32

Looks like our comments have been read folks. Read Mr Sheward's updated statement, shutting the stable door before the horse bolts comes to mind !!

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by Terry Dalley

17th March 2014, at 06:19:54

You have hit the nail n the head Susanna Thornton no more needed to be said but a lot needed to be taken notice and acted upon here.

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