Restrictions at Children's Hospital

Published Friday, 09 November 2012
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People are being asked not visit the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children to prevent the risk of spreading winter viruses to vulnerable young patients.

Restrictions at Children's Hospital
Visiting has been restricted to prevent cross infection. (© Pacemaker)

Visiting has been restricted to parents and guardians only, with a maximum of two people per visit.

Parents and guardians are also being asked to wash/disinfect their hands when entering and leaving wards and also before and after contact with their children.

The Belfast Trust said that viral gastroenteritis "is a concern at the moment" and have asked parents not to come to the hospital if they are feeling unwell and have any symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, tummy cramps or diarrhoea.

Any children with these symptoms in the hospital will be segregated away from other children.

The trust has said while a child has a viral respiratory infection he or she will be cared for in a room along with other infected infants but separate from the main ward and will be nursed by designated nursing staff.

They added the measure is precautionary at this stage to keep the potential for cross infection to a minimum as winter bugs can be particularly harmful to babies and small children who are already ill.

All planned surgery is to go ahead and Outpatient Clinics will operate as normal.

The situation is to be kept under constant review and as soon as it is considered safe the restrictions will be relaxed.

Part of a ward at Antrim Area Hospital had to be closed on Thursday as 18 people have contracted norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, including five members of staff.

© UTV News
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