Hospital ward has been closed to visitors

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Restricted visiting measures have been implemented at Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway, as a result of a suspected outbreak of norovirus.

Visiting to Medical Ward 2 has been suspended temporarily as a small number of patients and staff have been experiencing symptoms of norovirus (commonly known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’). Symptomatic patients have been isolated in single rooms. The ward has also been closed until further notice to new admissions.

Visitors to any other areas of the hospital are specifically being reminded to wash their hands with soap and water before and after visiting, and to ‘Stay at Home’ if they have experienced any norovirus symptoms (for 48 hours after the last symptom).

Norovirus is usually self-limiting and will disappear after a day or two (though you can remain infectious for at least three days, after symptoms resolve). Symptoms commonly include

Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea

Stomach cramps

Low-grade fever and/or chills

Headache and muscle aches

Fatigue