Do not visit hospital if unwell, says trust

Craigavon Area Hospital.
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Visitors to Craigavon Area Hospital are being urged to comply with guidance, to help prevent infections spreading.

Those with vomiting, diarrhoea, colds or flu are asked to stay away while those visiting should do so during the specified ward times.

Medical director with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust Dr John Simpson said, “Our staff work tirelessly to ensure that Southern Trust hospitals have some of the lowest levels of infection.

“However, we must remain vigilant to keep our patients safe, particularly at the moment when there are more cases of vomiting and diarrhoea in the community and when our hospitals are already so busy dealing with the usual winter pressures.

“It is vital that anyone with vomiting, diarrhoea, colds or flu does not visit our hospitals and healthcare facilities. These bugs are highly contagious and can spread quickly in a hospital environment where we have vulnerable patients.”

He added, “We urge people only to visit at allocated times and to follow the guidance published on ward doors. This will greatly help staff to give patients the best possible care and assist us in our continued drive against infection.”

Guidance includes washing hands, a maximum of two visitors to each patient, do not sit on the bed, touch wounds, drips or drains, and restrict children visiting.