Gynae ward closes after vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak

Ward 4  in Altnagelvin Hospital is closed to admissions after vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak.
Ward 4 in Altnagelvin Hospital is closed to admissions after vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak.

A second ward at Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital has closed after an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.

Hospital bosses today said Ward 4 - the Gynae ward - is now closed to admissions as part of infection control and prevention measures. Six patients have shown symptoms to date.

Visitors are also being asked to stay away if they have been feeling unwell .

Last week Ward 8, a specialist surgical ward at Altnagelvin, closed after an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea. It reopened today.

Alan McKinney, Western Trust Medical Director said there is “no direct relation between the closure of Ward 8 over the weekend and the closure of Ward 4 today.”

“When an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea is experienced in the community it can have an impact on hospital services and instances such as this are often the case at this time of year. The Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control team is continuing to provide advice and increased infection control measures have been taken.

He continued: “The public has an important role to play by not visiting the hospital if they are feeling unwell, particularly if they have diarrhoea and/or vomiting. And if someone has been unwell we would advise them to wait until at least 72 hours after they have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting before visiting the hospital.

“Those who are visiting are asked to thoroughly wash their hands before and after visiting, for their own protection as well as for the prevention of the spread of infection to patients.

“Visitors are asked to limit visiting to the designated times of between 3pm and 4pm and from 7pm until 8.30pm. They should only visit the one patient whilst at the hospital and should not move from ward to ward when visiting.

“We are asking relatives and friends of patients in hospital for their understanding and cooperation with the nursing staff with the arrangements which have been put in place in the interest of patients.”

“No other area of the hospital is currently affected, including any other appointments or services being cancelled.”