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Beaumont cuts visits to stop flu spreading

DUBLIN'S Beaumont Hospital has been forced to impose visiting restrictions after an increase in flu patients in the past few days.

The controls were put into force on Saturday night at Beaumont Hospital and St Joseph's Hospital Raheny as a preventative measure to contain an outbreak of Influenza in the hospital.

The measures are being introduced to prevent the spread of the virus, which can seriously affect the health of the elderly and people with weak immune systems.

As part of the measures, visiting is only being allowed between 6pm and 8pm until further notice.

"We can only one visitor per patient only, and children will not be permitted into the hospital," a hospital spokesperson said. "People also must not visit if they have had flu-like symptoms, vomiting or diarrhoea within the past week."


Beaumont Hospital is appealing to the public for their support in the restrictions, saying it is for the common good.

It acknowledges the co-operation and support of the public.

Calls for visitor restrictions at hospitals are a normal protocol when a contagious illness is known to be in circulation.

The measure is designed as a protection for patients, their families, and staff, but also to contain the illness and prevent its spread.