Visiting hours cut at hospital in flu outbreak
A MAJOR Dublin hospital struggling to cope with a flu outbreak has imposed tough restrictions on visitors in a bid to prevent its spread.
Beaumont Hospital in Dublin said 51 patients have contracted flu in the past three weeks.
A spokesman said a small number of existing patients would have picked up the virus in hospital, but isolation and other measures have been put in place.
There have been no deaths, but flu can be fatal for vulnerable patients fighting other serious illnesses.
The spokesman said essential visiting will only be allowed between 6pm and 8pm, with only one visitor per patient.
"Children are not allowed to visit under any circumstances," he added.