Three wards closed at hospital

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An urgent plea has been issued from health professionals at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust asking people who have been unwell not to visit friends and family at Scarborough Hospital.

The hospital currently has three wards and a number of bays closed due to viral gastroenteritis.

Current wards closed are the Coronary Care Unit, Stroke Unit and Ann Wright Ward.

Libby McManus, chief nurse at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are specifically asking people who have been unwell not to visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

“This is really important because the virus is highly infectious. The virus is easily spread by contact with an infected person, especially through their hands.

“We have had instances recently when visitors have brought the infection onto our wards, placing patients and staff at risk and causing us to close further ward areas at a time when the hospital is particularly busy.

“Closing wards helps us to contain the virus but visitors can play a large part by staying away if possible.

“We would urge visitors to think carefully before paying any non-essential visits at this time.

“If you do have to visit someone in hospital we ask that you follow guidance, which includes always washing your hands before and after visiting and use the hand sanitizer gel.

“This is to keep the virus contained and to help visitors to keep themselves safe as well as their friends or relatives.”

Patients’ friends and relatives can call the hospital before visiting to find out if a particular ward is affected.