Hospital struggles to stop spread of virus
Published 31/12/2010 | 05:00
A MAJOR hospital has been forced to restrict visits to patients for more than 10 days now in an effort to contain the spread of the winter vomiting virus.
About 70 patients and 20 staff at St Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, have been affected by the virus since December 20, with 25 people still in recovery.
Ten new in-patients were affected by the virus between Wednesday and yesterday.
The hospital has appealed to the public to avoid visiting friends and relations if possible, as the virus is currently prevalent in 10 wards.
The hospital is also concerned that visitors could infect patients with the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu.
The public have been asked to limit numbers to one person if visits are essential and not to bring children into the hospital.
The hospital said members of the public who have symptoms such as 'upset tummy' should not attend the hospital but contact their GP if they have serious concerns.
A spokesperson said: "We appreciate that this is an important time for people to visit but these restrictions are essential for the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff. People should refrain from moving from one section of the hospital to another and clean their hands as often as possible while in the hospital."