Family and friends of patients being cared for in four wards at The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust are being urged to call the ward they intend to visit before setting out. The wards are Claydon, Debenham, Kesgrave and Needham. A small number of patients being cared for on these wards are being treated for sickness and diarrhoea.
Siobhan Jordan, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “We need everyone’s help to limit the spread of all infections. At the moment the numbers of patients and staff affected is thankfully very small. We are taking immediate steps to limit the possibility of the infection spreading. I would ask everyone who plans to visit any of the four wards to ring before they set off. I would also strongly urge any visitor who feel unwell themselves, or has been in contact with someone with a sickness bug very recently not to come to the hospital. We are asking all visitors on arrival to wash their hands with soap and water, before entering and on leaving clinical areas.
“I would like to advise any visitors who may be more at risk than others of picking up a bug, for example young children, not to visit until further notice, I do apologise for any inconvenience,” Mrs Jordan continued.
The numbers to ring to contact the wards are:
Claydon 01473 702300
Debenham 01473 702313
Kesgrave 01473 702710
Needham 01473 702231