Norovirus worsens at hospitals across Cornwall - new advice issued by RCHT
Visiting restrictions are being tightened at hospitals in Cornwall as the Norovirus crisis worsens.
The hospital announced this afternoon that restrictions are being tightened at the Royal Cornwall, West Cornwall and St Michael's hospitals as areas at two of the hospitals continue to be affected by the bug.
A spokesman for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) said visitors with Norovirus have been coming to hospitals and spreading the infection.
Family and friends are being asked not to visit unless there are exceptional circumstances. Louise Dickinson, joint director for infection, prevention and control at RCHT said: "We do appreciate it is a lot to ask visitors to stay away from seeing their relative or friend whilst they are in hospital, but we do know from experience that when we reduce the number of people coming and going through our doors it does make a difference to how quickly we can get rid of the virus.
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"We have had instances where visitors have been unwell themselves but still struggle to come in to see someone which then poses a risk to the person they are visiting as well as to other patients and staff."
From today and over the coming weekend, friends and family will be asked not to visit unless there are exceptional circumstances. They are asked to ring the ward before setting out to avoid being turned away when they get to hospital.
Urgent surgery and outpatient appointments are going ahead as planned, non-urgent surgery continues to be reviewed on a day by day basis and RCHT will contact patients directly if there is any change to arrangements for their admission. However, any patients who are unwell themselves, or have been in contact with someone who has been unwell, should call the hospital for advice before coming in.
All new patients to RCHT are being asked about any recent history of being unwell with these symptoms or if they have been in contact with anyone who has had them, in an effort to reduce the risk of further spread.