Scunthorpe Hospital ward closes

Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Another ward has been closed at Scunthorpe General Hospital due to another outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Ward 17 at the hospital was closed for two weeks and only reopened last week because of the same problem.

In the latest outbreak Ward 2 has closed to new admissions as staff work hard to contain the virus.

Visitors who are experiencing diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms are urged not to attend the hospital as they could spread the virus to loved ones, other patients and staff. People must only visit once they have been symptom free for 48 hours.

Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist, said: “This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospitals across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities.

“This illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.”

If you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains.

If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest.

Stay at home – don’t go to see your GP because it is contagious and there’s nothing your GP can do while you have it.

Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.