Health

Breaking: Tipperary people told to stay away from Limerick hospital following outbreak

14 patients showing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting

Tipperary Star reporter

Reporter:

Tipperary Star reporter

Email:

news@tipperarystar.ie

Breaking: Tipperary people told to tayaway from Limerick hospital following outbreak

Tipperary people have been warned to stay away from University Hospital Limerick due to a virus outbreak

Tipperary people are being asked to stay away from University Hospital Limerick as restrictions have been imposed due to a number of patients suffering from gastrointestinal symptoms which are currently under investigation.

All necessary infection prevention and control measures are being put in place to manage this outbreak.

In total there are 14 patients showing symptoms (diarrhoea and vomiting) in two wards in UHL.

Strict visiting restrictions are now in place, as follows: Ward 3A: Complete ban on visitors; Ward 3C: Restricted visiting

In the interests of patient safety, it is also necessary to reduce footfall to all areas of the hospital to better manage the outbreak and facilitate cleaning.

Until further notice, only one visitor per patient is allowed and during visiting hours (2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm) only. Members of the public are reminded not to bring children on visits anywhere in the hospital. Parents of children in Paediatrics and relatives of those in Critical Care are the only exceptions to this restriction. We regret any inconvenience these necessary precautions may cause to patients and their loved ones.

The Department of Microbiology is investigating the cause of these symptoms and an update will be issued in due course.

"We thank members of the public for co-operating with staff in relation to the visitor restrictions and other control measures. In particular we appeal to people who may be unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms themselves not to visit the hospital and for patients presenting to hospital with such symptoms to immediately inform staff of same to allow for the necessary precautions to be taken," said a HSE spokesperson.