St James’s is currently gripped with an outbreak of influenza.
Visitors to the Dublin hospital have been advised to stay away if their visits are non-essential.
In a statement on its website, the hospital said: “Visitors are reminded that essential visiting only is in place in St. James’s hospital due to suspected Norovirus.”
Visitors are advised to contact specific wards prior to visiting and adhere to visiting times (2.30pm-3.30pm and 7pm-8pm).
No children will be admitted to the hospital and only one visitor will be permitted at a time.
The emergency department will remain open, but people with flu-like symptoms should consult their GP first.
Flu levels are rising, with three reported deaths from the virus in recent weeks.
During the second week of January rates of flu-like illness rose to 29.0 per 100,000.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze.
• Dispose of the tissue as soon as possible
• Clean your hands
At-risk groups should get the vaccine. These include:
• Over-65s and people with chronic illness;
• Pregnant women;
• Patients with lower immunity due to illness;
• People who are morbidly obese with a BMI above 40;
• Residents of nursing homes, old people's homes and other long-stay facilities;
• Health care workers and carers of those in at-risk groups.
Most people, unless they are in an at-risk group, can get better themselves at home.
More advice on HSE website www.undertheweather.ie which was developed by GPs and other health expert