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Waterford Regional Hospital Ban Visitors

Waterford Regional Hospital

In the interests of patient care and as a precaution, a ban on visitors has been introduced this weekend by the HSE at Waterford Regional Hospital, in a bid to curb a suspected case of the Winter Vomiting Bug.

The only exceptions permitted by the hospital, which serves patients from South Tipperary, are for parents visiting sick children and  partners visiting the maternity section.

The vomiting bug causes short-lasting outbreaks of abdominal pain and nausea followed by diarrhoea and/or vomiting. It is usually quite mild and rarely causes severe problems, however it may be quite unpleasant and debilitating in small children or older people who are already ill or infirm.

People affected by the virus should drink plenty of fluids; maintain strict hygiene and because of the highly contagious nature of the virus and avoid visiting hospitals or nursing homes. If symptoms persist, contact your GP by telephone and advise him/her of your condition before going to the surgery, so as to limit the spread of the virus.

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