Normal visiting hours have resumed at University Hospital Galway after an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
Tony Canavan, Chief Operating Officer, Galway and Roscommon University Hospital Group confirmed this week that regular visiting hours of between 2pm to 4pm and 6.30pm and 8.30pm have been introduced but warned that the virus is still active in the community and appealled to anyone who may be affected to refrain from visiting the hospital.
“Our advice is that you do not visit patients at any time if you have diarrhoea or vomiting, or if you have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days or if anyone in your household has had diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days” said Mr Canavan.
“The hospital is under tremendous pressure and will be all winter; we simply can not afford to lose beds because of virus outbreaks. Patients and staff have to come in and out and we manage that risk as best we can. However, there is a lot of unnecessary traffic through the hospital and we ask people not to visit if they are ill themselves or have been recently. Also we ask that you please do not bring children to visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary.”
Ongoing 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 to visit unless absolutely necessary;
· Visitors should refrain from moving from one section of the hospital to another;
· Visitors should wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area, or after a visit to the toilet; and
· 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.