A ward in Derry’s Altnagelvin Hospital has been closed to admissions after an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.
In recent days, four patients and two staff in Ward 8 have experienced such symptoms. The ward treats head and neck patients.
No other area of the hospital is affected and it’s understood all other appointments and services remain unaffected.
Geraldine McKay, Director of Acute Services at the Western Trust, says its Infection Prevention and Control team is continuing to provide advice and increased infection control measures have been taken.
She added: “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. 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 while 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.”