Vomiting and diarrhoea outbreak closes hospital ward

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

Thursday, 9th February 2017, 15:42 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th February 2017, 11:16 am
Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Ward 17 has been fully closed to new admissions and transfers. Patients from the ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk.

The infection prevention and control team will review the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the ward to contain the outbreak.

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.”

Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea and/or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours, as they will be infectious to others during this period.

There is no specific treatment, other than rehydration for the illness, which is usually mild and shouldn’t last more than a couple of days.

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

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