HSE bans visitors from hospital over novovirus

THE HSE has put a ban on visiting in place at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, due to the outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

THE HSE has put a ban on visiting in place at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick, due to the outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

Access to the hospital is restricted, with the exception of the Critical Care Units.

There are five confirmed and one suspect case of the bug in the hospital, and strict infection controls are in place.

Hospital authorities are pleading with the public to comply with this restriction as visiting is a major factor in spreading the condition.

Out patient, day care services and routine hospital admissions are not affected, however members of the public will be asked to provide their appointment cards for inspection by security at the hospital.

Children under the age of 14 should not visit the hospital, especially the Paediatric unit.

Meanwhile, attendance at the Accident and Emergency Department should only be if absolutely necessary.

For more information, contact the Mid-Western Regional Hospital at 061-301111.

Highly infectious novoviruses are transmitted directly from person to person and indirectly via contaminated water and food.