Norovirus lockdown to be lifted

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The RESTRICTION on people visiting adult in-patient wards at Chesterfield Royal Hospital is to be lifted tomorrow, Friday, March 23.

All adult in-patient wards with the exception of Pearson, which still has Norovirus cases, will re-open to visitors in time for tomorrow afternoon’s 2.30-4.30pm slot. Evening visiting will re-commence at 6.30pm until 8.00pm.

The trust is publicising its visitors code to remind people not to visit if they are ill, not to bring food and drink on to the wards and to wash hands before entering and leaving.

Chief Nurse Alfonzo Tramontano said: “This has been a very difficult situation and the decision to close to visitors was one of the hardest we’ve ever had to take.

“As Norovirus is not a hospital acquired infection and spreads through person to person contact, the best way to contain it was to reduce the flow of people to essential personnel only.

“Protecting our patients’ safety and health is paramount and we would like to thank everybody, including patients, staff and the wider community for their help, co-operation and understanding throughout this period.”

A poll on whether to reduce visiting hours - to two one hour slots per day - is already underway on the trust’s Facebook site with a vote for a reduction just nudging ahead at the moment.

You can have your say on there by logging on to www.facebook.com/chesterfieldroyal with any comments.