Alert as norovirus hits Camp­bel­town Hospi­tal

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS - Han­nah O’Han­lon edi­tor@camp­bel­town­

Mem­bers of the pub­lic should avoid Camp­bel­town Hospi­tal unless it is an emer­gency. Staff and pa­tients have been struck down by the highly con­ta­gious norovirus. An NHS spokesper­son con­firmed on Wed­nes­day that it was the virus, also called the win­ter vom­it­ing bug, al­though it can be con­tracted at any time of the year, caus­ing di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing. Green­wood Res­i­den­tial Unit, which shares its premises with Wood­lands Re­source Cen­tre, has been hit by a sim­i­lar ill­ness but it had not been con­firmed as norovirus when the Courier went to press. It was an­nounced last Fri­day that a Wood­lands open day, sched­uled to take place yes­ter­day, had been post­poned. The spokesper­son said that the event had been re­ar­ranged ‘as a pre­cau­tion’ to pre­vent the spread of the highly con­ta­gious virus. A state­ment from the Ar­gyll and Bute Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ship on Mon­day ad­vised that vis­it­ing ac­cess at both fa­cil­i­ties was re­stricted and that those plan­ning to visit should first con­tact the nurse in charge at the hospi­tal and the unit man­ager at Green­wood. The state­ment said: ‘If you, or some­one you live with, has had di­ar­rhoea and vom­it­ing we would ask you to re­frain from com­ing to the hospi­tal or res­i­den­tial unit un­til you are clear of symp­toms for 48 hours. ‘Peo­ple should also ad­here to strict hand-wash­ing tech­niques to re­duce the spread of the virus.’ The hospi­tal is re­view­ing the re­stric­tions daily but peo­ple can re­main con­ta­gious even af­ter they are clear of symp­toms. Wood­lands Re­source Cen­tre’s open day has been resched­uled for Novem­ber 15 when the pub­lic can see round the adult day care fa­cil­ity from 1pm un­til 3pm to meet the staff and browse in­for­ma­tion stands on classes, groups and ac­tiv­i­ties.

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