Wirral hospital takes steps to stop spread of winter vomiting bug

Wirral hospital takes steps to stop spread of winter vomiting bug

Wirral hospital takes steps to stop spread of winter vomiting bug

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A ward has been closed to new admissions at Arrowe Park Hospital after patients contracted  Norovirus - the winter vomiting bug.

The hospital reports an increase in the number of people coming into its Accident and Emergency department with symptoms of the bug.

Now managers are urgently reminding the public the casualty unit is for emergency and life-threatening conditions only.

A hospital spokesman said: "Norovirus is a highly-contagious bug.

"It can be spread very easily both by contact with someone who has the virus but also by contact with surfaces and items they have touched.

"In order to keep our hospital services running as normal as possible, there are some really basic steps to help.

"If you have been sick or had diarrhoea within the last 48 hours then please do not visit A&E unless it is a real emergency."

If you are coming into hospital to visit friends or family over the coming days, you are advised to avoid visiting if you are unwell or if you have been in contact with anyone who has diarrhoea and vomiting. Use hand gels when you enter and leave the hospital. 

Nationally, there has been a rise in the number of people being admitted to hospital in an emergency following a "very busy" week for A&E.

Data from NHS England revealed there were 106,230 emergency admissions across England in the week ending February 9, up from 105,053 the week before.

In the same week in 2013, there were 100,834 emergency admissions.

Overall, 418,838 people attended A&E last week.

The NHS missed its target of treating 95% of patients within four hours, instead hitting 94.3%.

The figures cover all centres - major A&Es, smaller minor injury units and NHS urgent care centres.

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1:31pm Sun 16 Feb 14

bigfoot says...

The news on Friday reported not sterilising instruments it makes you wonder what else isn't being cleaned correctly and causing the spread of these viruses.
The news on Friday reported not sterilising instruments it makes you wonder what else isn't being cleaned correctly and causing the spread of these viruses. bigfoot
  • Score: 6

5:46pm Sun 16 Feb 14

benny07 says...

CLEANING CONTRACTORS FIRST PRIORITY ,LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THATS BEEN SOLD OFF TO PRIVATE COMPANYS BY THIS & EVERY OTHER TORY GOVERMENT ,IS PROFIT, !!,NOT THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE, AFTER ALL , UNEMPLOYED DISABLED & SICK PEOPLE TAKE UP TO MUCH ,OFF OUR COUNTRIES ,VERY RICH ECONOMY,SAYS THE MP IAN DUNCAN SMITH ,& HIS EX SIDE KICK ESTER MCVEY ,NOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT,,ARBIET MAC FRIE,OR DIE ,WHAT A WONDERFULL REGIME WE LIVE UNDER ..!!
CLEANING CONTRACTORS FIRST PRIORITY ,LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THATS BEEN SOLD OFF TO PRIVATE COMPANYS BY THIS & EVERY OTHER TORY GOVERMENT ,IS PROFIT, !!,NOT THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE, AFTER ALL , UNEMPLOYED DISABLED & SICK PEOPLE TAKE UP TO MUCH ,OFF OUR COUNTRIES ,VERY RICH ECONOMY,SAYS THE MP IAN DUNCAN SMITH ,& HIS EX SIDE KICK ESTER MCVEY ,NOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT,,ARBIET MAC FRIE,OR DIE ,WHAT A WONDERFULL REGIME WE LIVE UNDER ..!! benny07
  • Score: 4

7:09pm Sun 16 Feb 14

King Tut says...

Winter Vomiting bug is a contact (human to human) virus, and can be found in any large establishment of people,cruise ships, hospitals, nursing homes etc. Every large hospital in this country sufferers in one form or another from Winter Vomiting Bug, the place could be so clean you can eat your meal off the equipment, but all you need is one person to enter the hospital and it spreads like wildfire.
Winter Vomiting bug is a contact (human to human) virus, and can be found in any large establishment of people,cruise ships, hospitals, nursing homes etc. Every large hospital in this country sufferers in one form or another from Winter Vomiting Bug, the place could be so clean you can eat your meal off the equipment, but all you need is one person to enter the hospital and it spreads like wildfire. King Tut
  • Score: 9

11:12am Mon 17 Feb 14

bigfoot says...

King Tut wrote:
Winter Vomiting bug is a contact (human to human) virus, and can be found in any large establishment of people,cruise ships, hospitals, nursing homes etc. Every large hospital in this country sufferers in one form or another from Winter Vomiting Bug, the place could be so clean you can eat your meal off the equipment, but all you need is one person to enter the hospital and it spreads like wildfire.
So the answer could be to screen all visitors and forbid staff shopping in ASDA in their 'scrubs',which I have witnessed.
[quote][p][bold]King Tut[/bold] wrote: Winter Vomiting bug is a contact (human to human) virus, and can be found in any large establishment of people,cruise ships, hospitals, nursing homes etc. Every large hospital in this country sufferers in one form or another from Winter Vomiting Bug, the place could be so clean you can eat your meal off the equipment, but all you need is one person to enter the hospital and it spreads like wildfire.[/p][/quote]So the answer could be to screen all visitors and forbid staff shopping in ASDA in their 'scrubs',which I have witnessed. bigfoot
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Mon 17 Feb 14

King Tut says...

While we cannot condone staff shopping in uniforms, it still would not stop Winter Vomiting Bug (WVB), the only proven method to prevent it going into hospital is to stop people with WVB from entering the hospital, those that have to be admitted with it (as it can make to old and young seriously ill), need to be treated separate from the rest of the hospital and no visitors.
While we cannot condone staff shopping in uniforms, it still would not stop Winter Vomiting Bug (WVB), the only proven method to prevent it going into hospital is to stop people with WVB from entering the hospital, those that have to be admitted with it (as it can make to old and young seriously ill), need to be treated separate from the rest of the hospital and no visitors. King Tut
  • Score: 1

7:50pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Positive thinker says...

Benny07
You should be in APH to get treated for verbal DIAREAH
Benny07 You should be in APH to get treated for verbal DIAREAH Positive thinker
  • Score: -2

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