Medical Ward 2 reopened

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Medical Ward 2 in Western Isles Hospital reopened to new admissions and visitors on Sunday afternoon. There are now no patients with suspected norovirus.

The ward was closed last week due to suspected cases of norovirus also known as the winter vomiting bug.

Visiting hours in Medical 2 will be between 3pm and 4pm and 7pm and 8pm, until further notice.

Whilst there have been no confirmed cases of norovirus (winter vomiting bug) in the Western Isles this year, a small number of patients in Medical Ward 2 did recently experience diarrhoea and vomiting.

The ward was closed to new admissions for a period last week (from November 14th – November 18th), to help prevent the spread of infection.

Norovirus is usually self-limiting and will disappear after a day or two. Symptoms commonly include: Nausea and diarrhoea (with or without vomiting); Stomach cramps; Low-grade fever and/or chills; Headache and muscle aches and Fatigue.

Dr Louise Scott, GP Health Protection Team, NHS Western Isles, has issued the following general health advice to minimise the spread of Norovirus:

- Wash your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet

- Hand washing with soap and water, not just using the alcohol gels, is important

- Similarly any surfaces that have been contaminated should be cleaned with a bleach-based disinfectant including toilet seats, handles and taps. Take care to ensure that the disinfectant is used safely and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Additionally those with symptoms should;

- Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated.

- Stay at home until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.

- Do not visit hospitals, nurseries or nursing homes if affected