Sligo Regional Hospital is requesting that visitors do not attend at the hospital due to the presence of Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Bug) at the hospital.
This reflects the increased incidence of vomiting and diarrhoea in the wider community. To help curtail the spread of the virus the hospital is appealing to the public to visit only in essential or exceptional circumstances and then for immediate relatives only during the designated visiting times which are from 2pm to 4pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Children should not be brought in to the hospital
Without the cooperation of the public this virus can spread very quickly throughout the hospital, causing discomfort to patients and disruption to services.
Only essential visits should be made and should be confined to one person at a time.
Visitors should refrain from moving from one section of the hospital to another and should avoid canteens and any other food dispensing areas.
Visitors should wash their hands thoroughly before entering or leaving the inpatient area, or after a visit to the toilet.
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.
Those with a serious illness should not visit the hospital, as they may be more likely to get sick if they come in contact with the virus.
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.
Patients who attend hospital for appointments or emergency care should attend as normal.
All appropriate infection control measures are being taken to deal with this situation.
The visiting restrictions will remain in place until the situation has been resolved.
Sligo Regional Hospital wishes to thank patients and the public for their cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience caused.