Visiting restrictions update


19th May 2015

As a precautionary measure, members of the public are being asked to continue not to visit relatives and friends on  Gallery Wing Ward 1 at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital to assist in controlling the spread of a Diarrhoea & Vomiting illness (D&V). 

There continues to be a large number of cases of Norovirus in the community at this time of year.

Director of Nursing, Maggie Arnold said: “We would like to thank people for their patience and help in assisting us to control the spread of the illness. We know that it is hard for our patients as well as their families and friends when we need to restrict visiting. However, these precautionary measures are good infection control practice which protect vulnerable patients and help to control the spread of the illness.”

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

Visiting to maternity wards is not affected. Visiting to children’s wards is restricted to parents/ carers. On those wards still affected by restrictions, 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 ward.

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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If you have an appointment at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, please attend as planned.