Home closed amid vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak

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A Derry residential home has been temporarily closed to new admission and visitors amid a vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak.

The Western Health and Social Care Trust say 17 residents and 5 staff are receiving treatment at Rectory Field Residential Home in the city’s Waterside.

Alan Corry Finn, Executive Director of Nursing and Director of Primary Care and Older Peoples Services at the Western Trust said: “At present we have temporarily closed Rectory Field to visitors and new admissions. The situation will be kept under review.”

Mr Corry Finn continued: “We understand that during the Christmas period people are very keen to visit their relatives who are receiving care in hospitals or in the community. We would remind the public that they have an important role to play by not visiting any health care setting, hospital or care home, if they are feeling unwell themselves. If someone has been unwell we would advise them to wait at least 48 to 72 hours before visiting.

“Good hand hygiene is also very important when visiting a patient or relative. People should thoroughly wash their hands before and after visiting, for their own protection as well as for the prevention of the spread of infection.”

The Trust’s Infection Prevention and Control team is continuing to provide advice and increased infection control measures have been taken at the care home.