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Update: All hospital wards re-opened following vomiting bug outbreak
4:59pm Monday 11th February 2013 in News
WARDS at Herefordshire hospitals have re-opened following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
The hospitals have been given the all-clear after being deep-cleaned, which takes at least half a day to complete and includes cleaning every single item on the ward.
Alison Johnson, consultant microbiologist at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We are very pleased to announce that the affected wards at our hospitals have re-opened to visitors.
"However, we must not be complacent and in order to prevent a further outbreak we are urging our staff members, visitors, and outpatients to please stay away if they have experienced diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours.
“If you do need to visit or attend hospital remember to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments.
“We wish to thank our patients and visitors for their understanding and co-operation during this period and to emphasise that these restrictions were put in place to protect our patients, as part of a zero tolerance approach to healthcare associated infections at Wye Valley NHS Trust”.
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