A ward has been closed and visitors urged to stay away from
Hawke's Bay Hospital following a stomach bug outbreak.
More than a dozen staff and patients in the Assessment
Treatment and Rehabilitation (AT&R) Ward at the Hastings
hospital have fallen ill with vomiting and diarrhoea symptoms
in the last two days.
Chief operating officer Warrick Frater said samples had been
sent away to investigate the cause of the illness, and a
warning issued to visitors to keep away.
"It was important visitors stayed away from the hospital if
they had vomiting or diarrhoea as the virus could spread
rapidly and become a problem for patients who were already
unwell," he said.
The AT&R Ward was completely closed to visitors as
"stringent hygiene measures" were put in place throughout the
hospital to contain the outbreak.
All visitors and staff were being asked to pay strict
attention to hand hygiene.
Mr Frater said it wasn't unusual to see outbreaks of tummy
bugs at this time of year, especially when the virus was
circulating in the community, but he urged unwell visitors to
Results from the samples were not expected back until mid
next week, and a Hawke's Bay District Health Board
spokeswoman said the public would be kept up to date with the
progress of the outbreak.
- Hawke's Bay Today