October 18, 2021

FLU OUTBREAK: Strict visitor restrictions at Waterford Hospital ‘with immediate effect’

Strict visitor restrictions have been introduced with immediate effect at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) to help prevent the spread of flu.

The alert comes as latest figures show a rapid spread of Influenza in Waterford and other parts of the country.

A spokesperson for UHW said this morning: “This is in the interest of patient safety and care and in order to control the spread of the flu within the hospital.”

Visiting is closed to all in-patient wards, except if visiting children or those who are critically ill. Only parents or guardians are authorised to visit children at the hospital Paediatric Unit.

Visiting in the Maternity Unit is also imited to partners or next of kin.

The hospital has appealed to members of the public to only attend the hospital if it is “absolutely necessary”.

They have also urged people not to visit if they have had flu-like symptoms in the previous four days or have been in recent contact with a person who has had flu or respiratory type symptoms.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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