Rotherham Hospital visitor restrictions after virus outbreak

By Michael Upton | 20/05/2017

Rotherham Hospital visitor restrictions after virus outbreak

VISITOR restrictions have been put in place at Rotherham Hospital due to a virus outbreak.

A spokeswoman said: "The Rotherham Hospital site is currently experiencing an outbreak of rotavirus, a diarrhoea and vomiting bug.

"At present this is limited to a small number of areas. "As a result of this, visiting restrictions have been put in place in the affected areas."

Non-essential visiting on wards A1 and A5 has been stopped and visiting is limited to two visitors per patient on wards A4,B4, B5 and the Stroke Unit.

Children should not be brought on to these areas, the spokeswoman said, adding: "If you are considering visiting someone in hospital and have either had symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has had symptoms recently, please ensure you have been clear for at least 48 hours before visiting."

The best prevention for diarrhoea and vomiting is regular hand washing using soap and running water, the spokeswoman said.

She added: "If you are visiting, please ensure that you use the hand gel provided to help us minimise the spread of germs.

"This is a short term measure and we thank you all for your cooperation."

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