Management at Sligo General Hospital have issued a statement requesting that visitors do not attend at the hospital due to the presence of Norovirus (winter vomiting bug) in two wards.
At the moment there is an increased incidence of vomiting and diarrhoea illness in the community and hospital settings.
The hospital is currently receiving more patients presenting with these symptoms and this has led to increased pressures on beds.
“We would encourage the public to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance and not to attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary,” said a spokesperson.
GPs are requested to only refer patients to the Acute Assessment Unit or the Emergency Department who are in need of immediate assessment / admission.
As a precautionary measure the hospital has put control measures in place to reduce the risk of Norovirus spreading to other patients and to other areas/departments within the Hospital.
Visiting is permitted only in exceptional circumstances and then only for immediate relatives and during designated visiting times only (2pm – 4pm or 6.30pm – 8.30pm).
Visitors who themselves may be unwell or have vomiting or diarrhoea should not visit the Hospital.
Very young children or those with some other serious illness should avoid visiting the hospital, as they may be particularly susceptible to the virus.