Ban on Wexford hospital visits
Visiting restrictions have been put in place at Wexford General Hospital in an attempt to curb the spread of norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug.
Visiting to St Joseph’s and St Bridget’s Medical Wards at the hospital has been prohibited apart in exceptional circumstances. The hospital is also operating a strict policy of not allowing any children visit the hospital.
The hospital said it "regrets" the inconvenience but said it is necessary at this time to prevent the spread of illness to both patients and staff.
It said that where appropriate, mobile phone contact between families should be considered "as an alternative" to visiting.
Hospital manager Ms Lily Byrnes asked the public for their co-operation and said:
“The vomiting bug is currently in the community and people may unknowingly bring the bug into the hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends. I would appeal to the public to co-operate with the restrictions currently in place and advise anyone who have been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or anyone who has had contact with persons with these symptoms, not to visit hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.”
Norovirus usually lasts 24 to 48 hours and does not usually require medical treatment. Symptoms of the virus include abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Members of the public who have symptoms are advised to contact their GP in the first instance if they have serious concerns.