AUTHORITIES AT BEAUMONT Hospital in Dublin have appealed to the public to avoid visiting unless absolutely essential as the hospital fights an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.
The current outbreak of norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea and is highly contagious, began at the hospital in late April.
The hospital has asked the public to stay away over the bank holiday weekend, with essential visiting restricted to between 6pm and 8pm until further notice. Only one visitor will be allowed per patient and children will not be allowed into the hospital.
The hospital said potential visitors should stay away if they have had vomiting or diarrhoea within the past 48 hours.
People have also been asked to avoid visiting the A&E at the hospital unless it is absolutely necessary.
In a statement, the hospital thanked the public for observing the visiting restrictions so far.