Ward closed at hospital due to diarrhoea and vomiting outbreak

Scunthorpe General Hospital
Scunthorpe General Hospital

One ward has been closed at Scunthorpe General Hospital due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Ward 11 has been fully closed to new admissions and transfers. Patients from the ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk.

The infection prevention and control team will review the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the ward to contain the outbreak.

Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist, said: This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospitals across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities.

“This illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.”

Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours, as they will be infectious to others during this period.

There’s no specific cure for the illness, which is usually mild and shouldn’t last more than a couple of days.

If you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains

If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest

Stay at home

Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.