Visiting restrictions lifted across North Cumbria Hospitals

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is lifting visiting restrictions for Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Restriction on visiting at WCH because of an H3N2 (Seasonal Flu) outbreak will be lifted on ward 4 at 7pm on Tuesday 7th of February.

Limited visiting restrictions over norovirus outbreak at CIC were lifted Monday the 6th of February.

Cases of both norovirus and flu remain high across Cumbria and spread rapidly in closed environments like hospitals, schools and offices. Clive Graham director of infection prevention and control at the Trust says “closure of wards allows the Trust to contain the viruses and stop them from spreading. The measure protects not only vulnerable patients in the hospital but vulnerable visitors too.”

The Trust is again appealing to anyone visiting our hospitals to stay home if they or a family member within the last 48 hours have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like symptoms’. “In response to the outbreaks, we are reminding everyone to clean their hands upon entering and exiting the hospital, patient care areas and patient rooms,” said Anna Stabler, deputy director of nursing & midwifery. “Hand washing is key to stopping the spread of bacteria and viruses.”

Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food. If you’re in an NHS facility, pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.

Remember the public health advice to catch it, bin it and kill it with flu.

Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with norovirus or influenza. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product. Viruses can live on hard surfaces for over 24 hours.
Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet. Be sure to close the lid before you flush to prevent the spray of the virus. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.

Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed. Norovirus can live on soft surfaces like blankets or carpets for over two weeks.