Isle of Man News, 24 March 2010 – There has been an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis, most possibly caused by Norovirus. This has affected seven patients and two members of staff on Ward 20 at Noble’s Hospital, Braddan. The Ward has temporarily been closed to any new admissions.
Advice to members of the public
1. Visiting restrictions are in place in Ward 20. Children at NOT allowed to visit Ward 20 until the outbreak is over. Please co-operate with the hospital staff; the restrictions are in place for your own protection and for the protection of other vulnerable patients.
2. If you have symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea, please:
DO NOT attend Accident & Emergency (A&E) at Noble’s Hospital, Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Ramsey & District Cottage Hospital or your GP surgery. If you need medical advice, please contact your Doctor by telephone.
3. Please wait for 48 hours after cessation of all your symptoms before returning to work/school, as you continue to shed the virus for 48 hours after you have completely recovered. Please do not visit any hospitals or residential homes for the elderly during this period.
4. Please follow strict hygiene precautions if anyone at home has diarrhoea and/or vomiting. This includes scrupulous washing of hands, thorough cleaning of vomit using diluted bleach, cleaning toilet bowls with bleach, etc.
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