Unprecedented bug hits Sligo Hospital

The current vomiting bug at Sligo University Hospital has been referred to as “unprecedented”.

It is understood that up to sixty patients and staff are affected by the bug which has led to the cancellation of some appointments and visiting restrictions remaining in place.

Consultant in Sligo  Hospital, Dr Fergal Hickey has said the outbreak is unprecedented in the history of the facility.

The bug has resulted in the  following visiting restrictions remaining in force:

-No visiting is allowed, except for End of Life situations and other exceptional circumstances, as agreed with the specific ward manager in advance of visiting.

-No children are allowed visit at this time, as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

The public are encouraged to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance and not to attend the Emergency Department unless absolutely necessary.

Patients with pre-planned hospital appointments such as outpatients who have not had any symptoms of vomiting or
diarrhoea should attend their appointment as normal, unless otherwise advised by the hospital.

The above visiting restrictions will continue throughout this week.

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