Visiting Restrictions come in at Letterkenny General Hospital

There is an increased incidence of diarrhoea or vomiting on Surgical 1 and Medical 3 Wards. To help curtail the spread of this, Letterkenny General Hospital is curtailing visiting in these two wards from today; the wards affected are Medical 3 and Surgical 1.

There is an increased incidence of diarrhoea or vomiting on Surgical 1 and Medical 3 Wards. To help curtail the spread of this, Letterkenny General Hospital is curtailing visiting in these two wards from today; the wards affected are Medical 3 and Surgical 1.

People are being asked not to come to visit patients at any time if you currently have diarrhoea or vomiting or if you had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days or if anyone in your household had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days. In addition we ask that you please do not bring children to visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary.

All appropriate infection control measures are being taken to deal with the situation at the hospital at the moment and the visiting restrictions will remain in place until the wards are free from the outbreak. We are appealing to the public not to bring children to the hospital and to adhere strictly to visiting restrictions and hygiene guidelines.

General advice for visitors:

People who are unwell or have vomiting or diarrhoea, or have had vomiting or diarrhoea in the last two days, should not visit the hospital.

Children should not be brought to the hospital.

Visitors will not be allowed to visit Medical 3 or Surgical 1 wards unless there is an exceptional need; this will have to be agreed with the Clinical Nurse Manager.

Only essential visits should be made to the other wards in the hospital and should be confined to one person at a time.

Visitors should refrain from moving from one section of the hospital to another and should avoid canteens and any other food dispensing areas.

Visitors should wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area, or after a visit to the toilet.

Those with a serious illness should not visit the hospital, as they may be more likely to get sick if they come in contact with the virus.

People who have symptoms such as ‘upset tummy’ should not attend the hospital but contact their GP in the first instance if they have serious concerns.

Letterkenny General Hospital wishes to thank patients and the public for their cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.