Hospital bosses at St Mary’s Hospital in Newport are battling a suspected outbreak of Norovirus.
Five cases of suspected Norovirus (Viral gastroenteritis) have been identified in the last 12 hours.
Evidence from past Norovirus incidents shows that the virus is brought into the hospital by either unwell patients or visitors. Bosses are reminding visitors that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends whether they be in hospital or nursing or residential care homes.
Carol Alstrom, Chief Nurse told Isle of Wight Radio: "I would like to advise members of the public not to visit St Mary’s unless it is essential. If you do have to visit the hospital for any reason please make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This is not only to protect patients who are vulnerable, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services. Viral gastroenteritis is highly infectious."
"Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is very important, particularly for the elderly and the very young who are most at risk. If the symptoms persist, telephone NHS 111."
"Good hygiene is important during outbreaks of norovirus as it is highly contagious. To prevent becoming infected it is very important to wash your hands with soap and water after you have been around someone who is ill. Thorough cleaning of hard surfaces with a bleach solution, paying particular attention to the toilet and toilet area will help to reduce the spread of the virus."