Norovirus: Children criminialized from Northumbria sanatorium visits


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The restrictions come into force during 9 hospitals, including North Tyneside General Hospital, on Friday

Children underneath 12 are being criminialized from visiting patients in 9 hospitals as partial of a raft of restrictions to quarrel rising rates of norovirus.

Northumbria Healthcare pronounced a restrictions should stop a illness reaching “critical numbers”.

In January, a series of wards were sealed totally to visitors since of a virus.

Health chiefs pronounced a stomach bug is “more than only unpleasant” and can be lethal to exposed patients.

The restrictions, that come into force during 09:00 GMT on Friday, are:

  • No visiting children underneath 12 during any time
  • Visiting is limited on all quadriplegic wards during all sites to between 14:00 to 15:00 and 18:30 to 19:30
  • In birthing centre and maternity units – outward of a hours above – visiting is limited to birthing partners only
  • In paediatrics – outward of a hours above – visiting is limited to relatives or authorised guardians only
  • Only one caller per studious is available in a puncture dialect or ambulatory caring during any time
  • No some-more than dual visitors per studious on any sentinel during any time

In Dec final year, visitors were criminialized from a 9 hospitals in sequence to enclose a norovirus outbreak.

Marion Dickson, a trust’s halt executive executive of nursing and midwifery, said: “This is a preference we have taken after really clever care and is formed on tough lessons schooled from final year.

“Absolutely nobody wants to stop people saying their desired ones when they are in hospital, we know, mostly first-hand, how critical it is.

“However, a reserve of a patients is a major priority.”

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The restrictions request to:

  • Alnwick Infirmary
  • Berwick Infirmary
  • Blyth Community Hospital
  • Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital
  • Hexham General Hospital
  • North Tyneside General Hospital
  • The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital
  • The Whalton Unit
  • Wansbeck General Hospital

Dr David Tate, executive of infection impediment and control and consultant microbiologist during Northumbria Healthcare, pronounced norovirus and influenza are “nasty and simply spread” though a risk can be reduced by people soaking their hands entirely with soap and water.


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