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STRICT visitor restrictions have been introduced with immediate effect at Bantry General Hospital (BGH) due to a number of patients with suspected norovirus – commonly known as the vomiting bug.

The restrictions are in place in the interest of patient care and in order to curb the spread of the bug within the hospital.

Visitors are asked to adhere strictly to the visiting times which are restricted to 7pm – 8pm.

Only one visitor is allowed per patient with strictly no children allowed to visit. Visitors are asked to respect the restricted visiting times and the security staff at the hospital who are ensuring the restrictions are adhered to.

Visitors are also advised that they must use the alcohol hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital.

Hospital Manager, Jackie Daly said, “We would appeal to people not to visit BGH or any healthcare facility if they have been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or if they have been in contact with anyone with these symptoms until they have been symptom free for 72 hours.

“The bug is currently prevalent in the community and visitors may unknowingly bring the bug into the hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends.

“Patient care is our priority and we would urge the public to help hospital staff keep the virus at bay as it can further debilitate those who are already sick in hospital,” she said.

Anyone with any queries about visiting times or visiting a particular ward should ring the Hospital in advance on 027 50133.

The restrictions do not apply to the Psychiatric Unit.