Published on Thursday 27 April 2017
*** UPDATED: Tuesday 2nd May 2017 @ 13:00pm ***
Our Infection Prevention and Control team have reviewed the situation this morning (Tuesday) and regrettably the temporary suspension of visiting we have introduced will remain in force and will next be reviewed tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.
The Trust would like to thank the public for its understanding during this recent outbreak of Norovirus which continues to affect the main Arrowe Park Hospital building.
Should family wish to contact their loved one for an update, please contact our switchboard on 0151 678511 and ask to be put through to the ward.
Norovirus is a highly contagious bug and it is imperative that we put the safety of our patients and staff first so we are able to stop any further transmission throughout the hospital.
It is never an easy decision to suspend visiting, but taking this necessary action does reduce the spread of movement of sickness and diarrhoea.
Please be assured our hospital teams are working extremely hard to provide the best possible care for loved ones.
Thank you for your continued understanding.
Norovirus is currently circulating the local community and has affected a number of our wards at Arrowe Park Hospital.
So we can urgently interrupt the spread of this highly contagious sickness bug, regrettably visiting is temporarily suspended at Arrowe Park Hospital’s main building.
The safety of our patients is paramount to us and it is never an easy decision to make but this will help us contain the spread of this highly contagious bug.
As we begin preparations for the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, Wirral University Teaching Hospital is also asking the public to ‘do the right thing’ and ensure they do not bring Norovirus into the hospital if they attend our Emergency Department.
Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “It is with regret that we have had to suspend visiting to the main building of Arrowe Park Hospital. This is not a decision we take lightly but is always in the best interests of our patients. We are asking people to please bear with us while we are dealing with this current outbreak.
“We appreciate this may upset some family and friends but hope that loved ones will understand that this is in the best interests of our patients.
“People are also advised not to come into the Emergency Department if they have had symptoms of Norovirus, such as sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours, unless it is a genuine emergency. Our medical teams are working tirelessly to provide our patients with the best possible care and priority must be given to those in most urgent need.
“I would like to thank people for their patience while we care for our patients at this time.”
Norovirus symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
People are advised to follow these simple steps to help:
- Take plenty of fluids
- Wash your hands regularly
- Keep yourself away from others – especially from GP surgeries or hospitals
- If your symptoms continue for more than two days seek advice from NHS 111 by calling 111 on your phone or visit the NHS Choices website for further information.
For non-emergencies, people can contact NHS 111 for further advice by calling 111.