Restriction of visiting on ward at GRH

15.04.13

As a precautionary measure members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends on Woodmancote and Kemerton Wards at Cheltenham General Hospital to assist in controlling the spread of a Diarrhoea & Vomiting illness (D&V). This will be reviewed daily.  Other wards at the hospital are open to normal visiting.

Suspension of visiting follows several cases of Norovirus in the community, which is not uncommon at this time of year.

Director of Nursing, Maggie Arnold said: “This is a precautionary measure and good infection control practice to protect patients and control the spread of the illness. I hope that families and friends will understand why we are asking them not to visit for this short period.”

The D&V illness is usually over within 48 hrs for each patient, but is highly infectious, which is why the Trust needs to limit the number of people moving in and out of these wards.

Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. These visitors are being asked to speak to a member of ward staff on entering the wards.

Maggie Arnold: “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.”

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