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Dublin: 4 °C Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Public told to avoid Tallaght Hospital unless absolutely necessary

Emergency services continue to operate as normal as the hospital deals with a norovirus outbreak.

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TALLAGHT HOSPITAL HAS introduced visiting restrictions following an outbreak of norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug.

The highly-contagious virus results in vomiting and diarrhea, and can pose a serious health risk for the elderly and the young.

The hospital today asked for the public to postpone patient visits except in cases of critically-ill patients and for the parents of children in the National Children’s Hospital.

Emergency services continue to operate as normal.

“No children are allowed to visit either the adult or Children’s Hospital,” a statement from hospital mangement read.

Restricted visiting arrangements are necessary due to a number of patients being treated at the hospital with Norovirus.  The restrictions will be reviewed on a daily basis.
The hospital’s outpatient departments are operating as normal but patients are asked not to attend if they have symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea and instead to contact the hospital to reschedule their appointment.

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