West Coast DHBMonday 30 July 2012, 2:15PM
Media release from West Coast DHB
Morice Ward at Grey Base Hospital went onto 'restricted access' on
Friday as several patients and staff experienced symptoms of
gastroenteritis. The illness, confirmed as Norovirus, causes
vomiting and diarrhoea.
Anyone going into the ward is required to don gowns, booties, masks
and gloves an as infection control measure to prevent the highly
infectious illness from spreading in the hospital.
Only urgent visits from family members are currently permitted in
the medical ward and visitors will also have to put on protective
clothing. Anyone intending to visit a patient in Morice Ward is
requested to contact the main reception on their arrival at the
New patients are not being admitted to Morice Ward at this time but
are being accommodated in other hospital wards. The precautions are
likely to be in place for most of the week.
People who are unwell should refrain from visiting the hospital
until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
Gastro intestinal illnesses are quite common in the community. When
someone has diarrhoea and/or vomiting, Norovirus should be
suspected and appropriate measures put in place.
People who have come into contact with someone with the virus
should thoroughly wash both sides of their hands with soap and
running water for at least 20 seconds before drying them for the
same amount of time. Alternatively, alcohol hand rub solutions,
which are readily available from chemists, can be used.
The sick person should not prepare food and should stay away from
others until 48 hours after their symptoms have stopped. Their
room, toilet and bathroom areas and any other areas they may have
touched should be cleaned thoroughly with household bleach