Originally posted by donmurray
We share your pain! A hospital in Glasgow (Scotland) is on emergencies-only admissions due to a "Viral" vomiting outbreak!
This is the 'viral' outbreak in Glasgow...Got it from ProMED today:
Date: Sun 20 Jan 2002
From: ProMED-mail <email@example.com>
Source: BBC News Online, Sun 20 Jan 2002 [edited]
Hospital outbreak not yet contained
A further 31 cases of Norwalk-like virus infection, which causes vomiting
and diarrhea, have been reported at the Victoria Infirmary in Glasgow,
taking the current total to 218. There are now 149 patients affected, 69
staff affected, 35 others with symptoms, and an unknown number who may be incubating the virus.
The hospital was forced to cancel planned operations and has closed its
doors to 138 new admissions following the outbreak at the end of last week.
Health chiefs were hoping that the worst was over when 25 new cases, the
lowest daily rate, were recorded on Sat 19 Jan 2002. A spokesman said:
"Regrettably the daily trend of patients and staff affected by the virus is
not yet showing a downward trend, and although this is not untypical of the
nature of this kind of viral outbreak it does mean that the trust cannot
look forward to an early resumption of the clinical activity at the
Hospital bosses had already cancelled 88 planned admissions to the Victoria
Infirmary and they announced on Sun 20 Jan 2002 that a further 50 would be
cancelled at the Victoria Infirmary and the Southern General Hospital,
which is also part of the same hospital trust. "Contingency plans which
have been operational since Friday evening will continue with emergency
admissions being directed to the Southern General Hospital."
The revised figures followed a further meeting by an outbreak control team
on Sat 19 Jan 2002 made up of infection control nurses and public health
department staff. The new total comes in the wake of an announcement by
health minister Malcolm Chisholm that a hygiene inspection of every
Scottish hospital would take place in the coming weeks. Mr Chisholm said:
"We shouldn't be judged by the problem but what we do about it. There will
be inspections of all hospitals in the next few weeks and it is this kind
of action that we need to emphasis."