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Visitor restrictions – Flu and norovirus

Monday, 19 February, 2018
Visitor restrictions – Flu and norovirus

Flu and norovirus continue to impact sites across the trust with both patients and staff affected. The following is the latest news on the outbreak and visitor restrictions.

Please note that outpatient services are unaffected.

We know not being able to visit a relative or loved one when they are sick is hard and are doing everything we can to allow as much access as is safe – we are hugely grateful for the support our staff have received from the public and ask that this understanding continues.

In areas where visiting is open please remain vigilant: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water – not alcohol gel.

Please do not visit if you have any respiratory or flu-like symptoms or any of norovirus or you will only endanger yourself, our staff and your loved ones.

Monday 19th February:

Visitor restrictions are partially lifted for unaffected wards – visiting will be permitted for one hour from 14:00 to 15:00, and limited to two visitors per bed.

Please note: this is subject to change at any time.

On affected wards, full restrictions will remain in place at all times except in cases of relatives visiting patients receiving end of life care.

There are no wards closed to visitors today.

We realise that when wards are closed this will disappoint people who have loved ones on affected wards. Please rest assured that our doctors, nurses and the whole team around them are doing everything they possibly can to get them open.

Please also be aware that in order to help control the spread of the viruses, it may be necessary, in some circumstances, to transfer patients to different sites within our trust to ensure they continue to receive the highest quality of care.

Restrictions are reviewed on a daily basis: please check this page for the latest news – an update can be expected at approximately 11:00 each morning.

Children under 16

Due to the on-going flu and norovirus outbreaks currently affecting the trust we are strongly recommending that no children under the age of 16 come to any hospital site as a visitor to our inpatient wards/facilities.

They will not be allowed to visit maternity, pregnancy assessment or the birthing unit under any circumstances. Only immediate family will be permitted to visit the Special Care Baby Unit.

This is for both their own and our patient’s safety as they are among the most at risk of catching and/ or carrying both flu and norovirus.

Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care and Surgical Assessment Unit

Due to the risk of spreading illness to already vulnerable patients – as well as to our staff and the general public – only one relative/ escort will be permitted per patient within the emergency department, ambulatory care wards and the surgical assessment unit.

Further information

For further information and advice on norovirus please see here.

For further information and advice on flu please see here.

Media contacts:

Elliot Nichols – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1512 / 07966 490736

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680