Ward Closed At Scunthorpe Hospital

Norovirus Could Be Possible Cause Of Outbreak


Scunthorpe General Hospital has been forced to close one of its wards due to a reported outbreak of vomiting and diarrhoea.

The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS has reported that tests are being carried out to establish if the outbreak is due to norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug.

Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist, said: “Ward 17 is currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

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

“This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospital across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities.”

Staff and visitors are being advised not to go to the hospital for 48 hours after their symptoms have subsided to prevent any further infection.

Expert Opinion
As a result of our work on behalf of those affected by illness outbreaks, we have seen how the illness can have long-term consequences for those affected – significantly disrupting their lives and in some cases leading to further health problems.

"It is essential that the Trust and other authorities investigate the cause of the problems, now that the spread of the illness appears to have been largely contained.

"Gathering as much information as possible is vital in order to ensure that lessons can be learned which will prevent these issues from being repeated."
Amandeep Dhillon, Partner