Visiting restrictions are currently in place at Mayo University Hospital due to some patients displaying symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting usually caused by Norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting bug.
Anyone with recent symptoms of diarrhoea and/ or vomiting or had contact with others who have these symptoms should not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus.
Any individual who needs to attend the hospital as a patient either to the Emergency Department or AMAU should immediately advise staff that they have had symptoms so that staff can appropriately manage the situation.
The hospital says that, due to the possibility of the virus in A Ward & C Ward, visitors will be restricted in these areas.
Arrangements will be made for family members of critically ill patients on this ward to visit; this should be arranged through the nurse on duty in the ward prior to arrival at the hospital. Visiting to non-affected Wards will be strictly limited to visiting times as a precautionary measure.
The regular hospital visiting times are between 2 and 4 pm, and between 6.30 and 8.30 pm in the evenings must be strictly adhered to.
The Hospital management has put control measures in place to reduce the risk of the virus spreading to other areas/departments within the Hospital. It is important that ill and vulnerable patients in the hospital do not become more ill than they already are.
The hospital appreciates and thanks the community for their support and cooperation in managing this situation.