York Hospital wards remain closed due to norovirus

York Press: Wards remain closed due to norovirus Wards remain closed due to norovirus

FIVE wards remained closed to new admissions at York Hospital following an outbreak of norovirus.

Some urgent operations went ahead today but many elective operations were cancelled due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

York Hospital has been put on “red alert” due to the outbreak, which yesterday meant as many as 11 ambulances were left queuing outside A&E in Wigginton Road.

However, A&E is said to have been a lot quieter today.

A ward at Malton Hospital has also been closed to new admissions following an outbreak of norovirus.

Visitors are being asked to stay away from the hospitals if they have been unwell and until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for public support to help prevent the spread of norovirus.

Medical director Alastair Turnbull said: “We are asking for the public’s support and request that if you have been unwell or have any symptoms of tummy upset that you exercise caution and do not visit patients in the hospital.

“The trust has a great record in infection control practices, but we need your help to protect our most vulnerable patients. Norovirus can be a very unpleasant illness and is one of the most infectious viruses known.”

Norovirus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. The virus is brought into the hospital from the surrounding community.

- The Channel 4 current affairs programme Dispatches has today been filming at the A&E department of York Hospital for a feature understood to be about typical departments across the country.

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11:49am Wed 18 Dec 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

One way to counter this recurrent problem would be to greatly increase the number of hospital visitors using the HAND DISINFECTION devices at all entrances.Also all users of hospital toilet facilities should remember to wash their hands on exiting the toilet.
If everyone, visitors and staff ,used these at entry and exit this should help reduce the transmission problem
(See http://www.cdc.gov/F
eatures/Norovirus/).

Th Hospital needs better publicity and posters on WHY people should use these devices, as they need to be far more conspicuous.
One way to counter this recurrent problem would be to greatly increase the number of hospital visitors using the HAND DISINFECTION devices at all entrances.Also all users of hospital toilet facilities should remember to wash their hands on exiting the toilet. If everyone, visitors and staff ,used these at entry and exit this should help reduce the transmission problem (See http://www.cdc.gov/F eatures/Norovirus/). Th Hospital needs better publicity and posters on WHY people should use these devices, as they need to be far more conspicuous. Older Sometimes Wiser

3:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Sillybillies says...

Stop all staff travelling to work in their hospital uniforms, they are often to be seen shopping en route, and how about all staff including consultants wearing easily laundered overalls? The application of common sense could work wonders, seems wrong to me that theatre staff in their overalls can be seen in the shop, in Costas, and in the Mallard restaurant.

Turning down the heating might stop the hospital the massive infection incubator it apparently is.
Stop all staff travelling to work in their hospital uniforms, they are often to be seen shopping en route, and how about all staff including consultants wearing easily laundered overalls? The application of common sense could work wonders, seems wrong to me that theatre staff in their overalls can be seen in the shop, in Costas, and in the Mallard restaurant. Turning down the heating might stop the hospital the massive infection incubator it apparently is. Sillybillies

5:25pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

Rather disappointing to find all dispensers of Hibiscrub were empty on the first floor I visited at York Hospital this afternoon. Put it together: Novovirus in five parts of the premises + lots of push doors + no disinfectant facilities. Surprise surprise.
Rather disappointing to find all dispensers of Hibiscrub were empty on the first floor I visited at York Hospital this afternoon. Put it together: Novovirus in five parts of the premises + lots of push doors + no disinfectant facilities. Surprise surprise. Ignatius Lumpopo

5:34pm Wed 18 Dec 13

againstthecuts says...

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5:35pm Wed 18 Dec 13

againstthecuts says...

why are doctors and consultants immune from washing their hands and putting sanitiser on the hands?
why are doctors and consultants immune from washing their hands and putting sanitiser on the hands? againstthecuts

5:37pm Wed 18 Dec 13

againstthecuts says...

it would also help if ALL of the hospital was getting cleaned and not just the warded area`s
it would also help if ALL of the hospital was getting cleaned and not just the warded area`s againstthecuts

11:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

expubcrawler says...

I agree with Silliebillies. Turn the heat way down; give the patients an extra blanket. Germs don't like the cold but they just love that lovely warm closed in atmosphere.
I agree with Silliebillies. Turn the heat way down; give the patients an extra blanket. Germs don't like the cold but they just love that lovely warm closed in atmosphere. expubcrawler

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