The Health Service Executive (HSE) has announced a complete ban on visiting Clonmel Hospital. “In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, a full ban on visiting is in place at South Tipperary General Hospital from Tuesday (26th August), in a bid to curb suspected cases of the Norovirus (vomiting bug),” said a spokesperson.
Visiting to all wards at STGH is prohibited apart from: exceptional circumstances, which includes critical care patients; maternity/Gynae visiting is restricted to partners/designated person only; Parents/Guardians will only be permitted to Childrens Ward. Strictly no children allowed visit the hospital.
STGH regrets this inconvenience but it is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of these illnesses to both patients and staff. Where appropriate, mobile phone contact between families should be considered as an alternative to visiting. Cancer Services, Emergency Services and Outpatient Services will continue as normal. The situation is being kept under daily review. Patients coming to Outpatient Services (Clinics) are requested to bring their appointment letter with them. Ms. Grace Rothwell, General Manager, South Tipperary General Hospital is asking the general public for their co-operation with the visiting restrictions and reiterated how important it is for patients that these infection control measures are respected: “The vomiting bug is currently in the community and people may unknowingly bring the bug into the hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends. I would appeal to the public to co-operate with the restrictions currently in place and advise anyone who have been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or anyone who has had contact with persons with these symptoms, not to visit hospital until they have been symptom free for 72 hours. Patient care is our priority and we would urge the public to help hospital staff keep the virus at bay as it can further debilitate those who are already sick in hospital.” The vomiting bug known as Noro-Virus usually causes short-lasting outbreaks of abdominal pain and nausea followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It is usually quite mild and rarely causes severe problems, however it may be quite unpleasant and debilitating in small children or older people who are already ill or infirm. The virus is highly infectious and is spread by: direct contact with vomiting or diarrhoea from someone who is ill, especially if personal hygiene is not good from the air around someone who has just vomited from contaminated food. People affected by the virus should drink plenty of fluids; maintain strict hygiene and avoid visiting hospitals or nursing homes. If symptoms persist, contact your GP by telephone and advise of your condition.