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Wards closed to visitors at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after Norovirus outbreak

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 17, 2013

Wards closed to visitors at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after Norovirus outbreak

Two wards have been closed to visitors at GRH

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VISITORS to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital have been restricted due to an outbreak of Norovirus on wards 6A and 9B.

The wards were closed off yesterday in a bid to control the spread of diarrhoea and vomiting.

The illness is usually over within 48 hrs, but is highly infectious, which is why the trust has taken steps to limit the number of people moving in and out of the hospital.

Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. They are asked to contact the ward prior to visiting.

Visiting to maternity wards is not affected. Visiting to children’s wards is restricted to parents and carers.

Visiting restrictions will be reviewed every day and lifted as soon as possible.

The closure is a precautionary measure and good infection control practice to protect patients and control the spread of the illness.

A hospital spokesperson said: “We hope that families and friends will understand why we are asking them not to visit for this short period. We hope to be in a position to re-introduce visiting on these wards in a matter of days and we would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals.

“By doing this, the public can help us stop the spread of Norovirus, protect vulnerable patients and support NHS services.”

For up to date information, visit http://www.gloshospitals.org.uk/en.

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  • gloshospitals  |  December 17 2013, 2:41PM

    Spindles12 We're very concerned to hear about your experience and feedback from our patients is really important to us and helps us improve our services for future patients. Would you be happy to speak to our PALS team so that we can find out a little more about your experience and investigate further? You can call them on 0800 019 3282 or email pals.gloucestershirehospitals@glos.nhs.uk. Our staff work hard to provide high standards of cleanliness and all complaints received by the Trust are taken extremely seriously.

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  • spindles12  |  December 17 2013, 12:05PM

    It might not be the visitors who are bringing in or spreading the problem, it could be "in-house". Several years ago, when visiting my frail and elderly mother-on-law she said she wanted to go to the toilet. She shuffled off across the ward leaving a thin, spotty trail of very loose motions behind her. A nurse was called and it was expected that a cleaner would be summoned with a mop, bucket and disinfectant. Not so! The mess was cleaned up by the nurse pulling out a couple of paper towels and with ungloved hands giving the floor a quick wipe before throwing the towels into the nearest bin. As some of the geriatric patients wore nightdresses that dusted the floor as they walked it is easy to see how infection can spread very quickly if they then get into bed wearing the "soiled" clothes. I have been in hospital and have seen for myself the cleanliness, or lack of it, around the place. My friend has seen used tissues and blood stained dressings under the bed that remained there for almost all of the week she was there. Cleaners would come into the ward and half-heartedly push a dry mop around the floor, not moving furniture and cleaning behind and underneath and then pushing the debris into the corridor to mingle with the other debris already there. It's all too easy to blame outsiders for spreading disease but sometimes the blame has to be apportioned equally across the board.

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  • Peter_Parker  |  December 16 2013, 5:49PM

    Sounds like the sh*t has hit the fan.

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