Vomiting bug at Antrim Hospital
AN increased incidence of vomiting and diarrhoea has been reported in Antrim Area Hospital in the last few days.
This has been caused by a virus which is currently circulating the province.
A restriction on visiting in affected areas has been put in place.
The Northern Trust says it regularly monitors the cleanliness of wards, patient equipment, antibiotic prescribing, hand hygiene compliance and initiates an ongoing programme of intensive cleans in wards as part of its strategy to ensure a low level of healthcare associated infections.
These measures also help to reduce outbreaks of vomiting and diarrhoea caused by viruses.
The Trust adds that it needs the support of patients/clients/carers and the public who may visit its hospitals.
A spokesperson said: “We would ask that individuals visiting patients in our facilities should avoid doing so if they have vomiting and diarrhoea, cold or flu symptoms.
“Members of the public who are attending our Accident and Emergency Departments should advise the staff on arrival if they have gastrointestinal symptoms. This is extremely important to ensure that any condition considered to be of an infectious nature is identified and managed promptly.”
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