Vomiting virus warning at Paignton and Dawlish hospitals
By This is SouthDevon | Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 11:16
HOSPITAL staff are appealing to families and friends wanting to visit patients in Paignton and Dawlish hospitals to stay away to help reduce the spread of the winter sickness bug Norovirus.
Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, which runs community hospitals in the area, has put restrictions in place on two wards - one at each hospital - due to diarrhoea and vomiting.
As a temporary measure both hospitals will not be taking new inpatient admissions.
However, all other services - including outpatient services, minor injuries units and theatres - are operating as usual.
A trust spokesman said: "If you are due to attend an outpatient appointment or have surgery and have felt unwell, or actually had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, then please ring the Hospital and let them know before attending."
Natalie Illingworth, Infection Control Specialist Nurse at the Trust, said the support of the local community is vital if more wards are not to be put at risk.
She said: “We know that people place great value on being able to visit loved ones in hospital but during periods when we are experiencing infection outbreaks in the community and in hospitals they can unknowingly be putting patients’ health at real risk.
“We have a strict approach to hygiene to prevent cross infection between patients. Closure of wards to visitors and new patients is an important infection control measure that both hospitals use because Norovirus spreads very easily through contact with anyone who already has the bug. We are urging all potential visitors not to visit the inpatient wards at both Paignton and Dawlish Community Hospital unless absolutely necessary, especially if they have felt unwell in the last 48 hours.”
Contact can be arranged with patients via telephone by calling the hospitals direct on:
• Paignton Hospital: 01803 547171
• Dawlish Hospital: 01626 868500.