University Hospital Galway is again reminding the public about visitor restrictions currently in place in a number of wards in the hospital due to suspected cases of the vomiting bug (Norovirus). In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of this virus, management is asking that only essential visits takes place in St Mary’s ward, St Anthony’s ward and St Enda’s ward during this period.
Children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.
Visitors are requested to cooperate with hospital staff who are ensuring the restrictions are adhered to and visitors are also advised that they must use the alcohol hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital. Infection control procedures are in place on the affected wards and will remain so until further notice.
There continues to be an increase in the number of cases of Norovirus in the community and anyone with recent symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting or who has had contact with others who have these symptoms should not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.
The Emergency Department at UHG continues to be extremely busy today and management is apologising to patients experiencing delays.