Government health officials have issued a statement this evening to update the public on the current situation at Noble’s Hospital.
Ward 8 closed yesterday due to norovirus while Ward 5 was also deemed out of bounds due to a suspected viral gastroenteritis outbreak.
The statement reads: ’The situation at Noble’s Hospital is under continual review by the Department of Health and Social Care Infection Prevention and Control Team.
’Today, Ward 8 has partially reopened for new admissions but Ward 5 will remain closed to new admissions over the weekend. In both wards, visits are limited to necessary visits only.
’The public is reminded that the best defence against the spread of Norovirus is to wash hands using hot water and soap. This is especially important to anyone visiting the hospital.
’People should not visit patients if they have been ill with a stomach bug in the previous 3 days or in close contact with someone who has had sickness or diarrhoea.
’The public is also advised that if they are suffering from diarrhoea and/or vomiting they should avoid A & E unless absolutely necessary. If at all possible, they should manage symptoms at home by drinking plenty of fluids and if concerned contact their GP or MEDS out of hours by telephone.
’To limit the spread of norovirus at home a weak solution of bleach can be used after cleaning any contaminated area.
’The ward closures have resulted in significant pressure on the remaining number of beds available within the hospital, with very few beds available currently to accommodate emergency and elective admissions.
’Patients who are scheduled for elective surgery on Monday, February 20, will be contacted on Sunday to confirm whether or not their operation will go ahead.’