After a recent outbreak of Norovirus two wards at Hull Royal Infirmary had to be closed. However, thanks to the excellent work by NHS staff the virus has been contained.
This has meants the wards can now re-open to the public.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have re-opened wards 80 and 90 in the main tower block. This follows two weeks where the wards were forced to be closed to contain the outbreak.
“Essential To Prevent Norovirus”
Greta Johnson, lead infection prevention and control nurse, explained that the virus is normally brought in by patients and visitors with the condition. This is the first time this year the virus has been eliminated completely from the hospital.
Greta went on to say:
Norovirus is an airborne virus which spreads very quickly in closed environments and among people with weakened immune systems. That is why it happens so regularly in hospitals over the winter months.
Our staff have worked very hard to control the outbreak. Both affected wards have been deep cleaned and can now be re-opened.
But we would urge people to stay away from hospital and not visit patients if they have sickness and diarrhoea.
While unpleasant for most, these bugs can have serious implications for patients so we hope people will use common sense and stay away from hospital when they are vomiting or have diarrhoea.”
Good hand hygiene, such as the public washing their hands after using the toilet, is essential to prevent Norovirus spreading and hospital wards can only reopen when they have had no fresh cases and patients have been symptom-free for 48 hours.
Increased Flu Admissions
As well as being vigilant to prevent another Norovirus outbreak the trust is also monitoring flu admissions. Due to a recent influx of admissions with flu the trust are having to be extra careful to prevent it spreading.
So far this week there have been 11 confirmed cases of flu in admitted patients. This is an increase on the average for this time of year. However it does not represent a dramatic spike in flu cases at this stage.
Greta explain to us:
The symptoms associated with flu include a high temperature, aches and pains, extreme fatigue, a blocked or runny nose and a sore throat. People with flu often have a persistent cough.
Again, we would hope that anyone with these symptoms would stay away from hospital and not visit friends or family members to protect already sick and weak patients and reduce the potential of any infection spreading.
People can play their part by having the flu vaccine. It’s not too late to protect yourself and your loved ones from catching a virus which can have serious or even life-threatening health implications.