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Vomiting bug forces ward’s closure

By Donna Deeney

Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry has closed a ward and cancelled both elective and planned orthopaedic surgery scheduled for this Monday, November 19, because of an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.

The Western Trust is asking that members of the public do not visit patients in the hospital if they have been feeling unwell as part of additional infection control measures.

There has been an increase in vomiting and diarrhoea among patients in an orthopaedic ward at the hospital in recent days which has resulted in the unit being closed to admissions.

Elective or planned orthopaedic surgery has been cancelled for Monday but emergency orthopaedic surgery will continue as normal.

The trust's infection prevention and control team is continuing to provide advice, and increased infection control measures have been taken.

Geraldine Hillick, Western Trust director of acute services, said: “There are currently seven patients and two staff affected.

“The decision to postpone any planned or elective orthopaedic surgery has not been taken lightly. While any cancellation is regrettable the trust makes such decisions in the best interest of patients.

“The situation will be kept under review and on Monday a decision will be taken whether or not to reopen the ward or restart elective surgery,” said Ms Hillick.

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