Services and visiting at Cavan Hospital affected by Winter Vomiting Bug outbreak

1 April 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The HSE has this week advised that there is currently a confirmed outbreak of Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Bug) in Cavan General Hospital, which provides acute care for patients in Monaghan and Cavan.
This outbreak is currently affecting four general wards, according to the HSE: Surgical 1, Surgical 2, Medical 1 and Medical 2.
Co-operation from the public in containing this outbreak is being asked, as follows:
Visiting in these four wards is restricted to a maximum of two visitors per patient per day during the Visiting Times of 6:30pm–8:30pm, Monday to Friday.
As per the visiting policy, there is strictly no visiting permitted for children at anytime on the general wards.
Any requirement to visit very ill patients outside of the above restrictions must be agreed with the relevant Ward Manager/Nurse in Charge in advance.
It is important that any member of the public experiencing any symptoms of vomiting and diarrhoea does not visit any wards in the hospital at this time.
Elective surgery
The HSE has also confirmed that elective in-patient surgery for adults at Cavan General Hospital has been deferred for the rest of this week.
The situation will continue to be reviewed on a daily basis during the current winter vomiting outbreak, according to the HSE, which stressed that day-case and children’s procedures would go ahead as normal.
It is reported, however, that lengthy delays have been experienced at Cavan Hospital due to the Norovirus outbreak, which has seen patients waiting longer for assessment and admission in the Emergency Department (A&E).
This is being attributed to patients not being admitted to the four wards affected by the outbreak.
The HSE is also asking the public to use the Emergency Department for emergencies only, and to firstly contact their GPs or out-of-hours service.
It also emphasises that the Minor Injuries Unit in Monaghan Hospital is open from 9am–9pm each day and is a suitable for many instances where injuries are not serious
It was reported by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation this week that the level of patients on trolleys in Cavan remains high, with 31 being recorded on Tuesday.
This amounted to the third highest number of patients on trolleys outside of Dublin, according to the INMO.
Infection Prevention Guidelines
Meanwhile, Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for Hospitals in the North East were recently launched by the HSE. The HSE states:
“The guidelines are aimed at all health care workers to encourage adhering to best practice in the prevention and control of infection in hospitals and are a revised version of the previous 2006 Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines.
“The Infection Prevention and Control Nurses from across all of the hospitals in the North East contributed to the development of the new guidelines.
“The publication of these new guidelines addresses standards outlined in the 2009 National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infection.
“To comply with national standards they will be annually evaluated and updated every two years and upon publication of relevant national documents.”

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