Press release from St Mary’s 29th October

Press Release

29th October 2015

Diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community

Staff at Isle of Wight NHS Trust have been made aware of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community.   The Trust would therefore like to remind visitors to the hospital that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, if possible, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends whether they be in hospital or nursing or residential care homes.

Alan Sheward, Executive Director of Nursing and the lead director for infection prevention and control says: “I would ask members of the public who have had diarrhoea and vomiting to refrain from visiting St Marys unless they have been clear of the symptoms for at least 48 hours.   Everyone visiting the hospital for any reason is encouraged to make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This is not only to protect patients who are vulnerable, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services.”

It is vital that anyone who is feeling unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, planning to visit their friend or relative in hospital, nursing or a residential home, stays at home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop to avoid the spread of infection.  Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is very important, particularly for the elderly and the very young that are most at risk.  If the symptoms persist, telephone NHS 111.    Further details of symptoms are available on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk

Good hygiene is important during outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting as it is highly contagious.  To prevent becoming infected it is very important to wash your hands with soap and water after you have been around someone who is ill.  Thorough cleaning of hard surfaces with a bleach solution, paying particular attention to the toilet and toilet area will help to reduce the spread of the virus. 

The majority of services provided by Isle of Wight NHS Trust are commissioned and funded by Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS England and Isle of Wight Council.