Hospital ward re-opens after norovirus outbreak

Medical Ward 2 in Western Isles Hospital has re-opened after an outbreak of norovirus.

Visiting to Medical Ward 2 was temporarily suspended on Wednesday, June 3, as a result of a small number of patients and staff experiencing symptoms of norovirus (commonly known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’). The ward was closed at that time to new admissions.

Medical Ward 2 re-opened, both to visitors and new admissions, on Monday June 8.

Visitors to the hospital are still being reminded to ‘Stay at Home’ and not to visit the hospital 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

Those with symptoms should:

· Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.

· Stay at home if possible until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

· Especially do not visit hospitals, nurseries or nursing homes if affected