Strict visitor restrictions have been introduced at Cork University Maternity Hospital following an outbreak of swine flu in the main hospital.
Restrictions remain in place at Cork University Hospital (CUH) where the hospital today confirmed there was one patient suffering from the H1N1 virus and that there were a number of people in two wards of the hospital affected by a flu type illness.
The restrictions have been introduced in the interest of patient care and in order to curb the spread of the illness within the hospitals.
Members of the public have been asked not to visit the hospitals for any reason unless it is absolutely necessary.
“In the interest of our patients we would appeal to people not to visit the hospitals during this time. The flu virus is highly contagious and can seriously affect patients who are already sick in hospital,” said consultant respiratory physician Dr Mike Henry.
“Patients with flu cannot be admitted to a ward or discharged to other healthcare facilities. We would appeal to people to strictly adhere to the visiting restrictions and not to visit any healthcare facility if they have any flu type symptoms.”
In Cork University Hospital visitors are asked to adhere to the visiting times at the hospital and only one named visitor is allowed per patient per day.
No children are allowed to visit the hospital.
Visitors to Cork University Maternity Hospital are restricted to partners and no children are allowed to visit.
Outpatient clinics at both hospitals are continuing as normal.