Wards close down as sickness bugs strike at Royal Sussex County Hospital

Wards close down as sickness bugs strike hospital

Wards close down as sickness bugs strike hospital

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Three hospital wards were closed when a sickness bug broke out at the Royal Sussex in Brighton.

The wards were closed to new admissions after an outbreak of norovirus.

Patients were struck down with sickness and diarrhoea as the illness, which typically breaks out in winter, closed hospital wards for the first time since January.

On Wednesday the hospital's Acute Medical Unit (AMU), where patients are sent to be assessed after being admitted to A&E, was closed to new admissions when there was an outbreak.

The short-stay Chichester ward and the Vallance ward, which specialises in elderly care, which are both in the ageing 19th century Barry Building, were also closed after patients admitted to the hospital through the AMU were moved onto those wards. The AMU re-opened yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex, said: “We're handling it using all the usual measures and when the areas are free of symptoms for 48 hours we deep clean and re-open the wards.

“Three wards have been affected over the last couple of days, one of which has already re-opened and the other two are under observation and closed to new admissions.”

Yesterday the trust's website warned anyone feeling unwell with symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea people to stay at home, drink plenty of water and not to visit friends or relatives in hospital until 48 hours after the symptoms have eased to reduce the risk of spreading the infection.

Between April 2012 and April last year, hospitals run by the trust dealt with 37 outbreaks of the highly-infectious virus.

A total of 341 patients staying at sites run by the trust had fallen ill with suspected norovirus and another 78 members of staff also caught the virus over the same period.

In the same month, two wards were shut at Eastbourne District General Hospital as they battled to control the bug. After a clean bill of health over the summer norovirus struck again in October 2013.

In the same month two patients on Chichester Ward at Royal Sussex were treated for norovirus and 11 days later six patients on Bailey Ward at the same hospital were struck down with the infection.

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7:21am Sat 16 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK. Nosfaratu
  • Score: -27

9:17am Sat 16 Aug 14

Nikski says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS Nikski
  • Score: 31

11:06am Sat 16 Aug 14

Nosfaratu says...

Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
Have you possibly been to any other. Most Victorian/Georgian age hospitals have been demolished and replaced by modern, easy to get to, bug free ones. I am not saying the staff are the problem, I know they work hard and tirelessly to save sad people like you.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]Have you possibly been to any other. Most Victorian/Georgian age hospitals have been demolished and replaced by modern, easy to get to, bug free ones. I am not saying the staff are the problem, I know they work hard and tirelessly to save sad people like you. Nosfaratu
  • Score: -14

11:30am Sat 16 Aug 14

Nikski says...

Nosfaratu wrote:
Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
Have you possibly been to any other. Most Victorian/Georgian age hospitals have been demolished and replaced by modern, easy to get to, bug free ones. I am not saying the staff are the problem, I know they work hard and tirelessly to save sad people like you.
But not sad people like you? Guess you have private health insurance then.....
Incidentally modern hospitals are not all 'bug-free' idiot!
[quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]Have you possibly been to any other. Most Victorian/Georgian age hospitals have been demolished and replaced by modern, easy to get to, bug free ones. I am not saying the staff are the problem, I know they work hard and tirelessly to save sad people like you.[/p][/quote]But not sad people like you? Guess you have private health insurance then..... Incidentally modern hospitals are not all 'bug-free' idiot! Nikski
  • Score: 4

12:01pm Sat 16 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist.

It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose.

Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created.

Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist. It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose. Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created. Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it. notslimjim
  • Score: -4

1:24pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Laserluke says...

notslimjim wrote:
Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist.

It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose.

Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created.

Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.
What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist. It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose. Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created. Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis. Laserluke
  • Score: 22

1:47pm Sat 16 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Laserluke wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist.

It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose.

Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created.

Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.
What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.
It also kills people on a daily basis.

And that isn't those whose lives they fail to save.

The media is full of NHS failings because those failings are occurring.
[quote][p][bold]Laserluke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist. It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose. Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created. Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]It also kills people on a daily basis. And that isn't those whose lives they fail to save. The media is full of NHS failings because those failings are occurring. notslimjim
  • Score: -22

2:37pm Sat 16 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

Why do we need hospitals anyway? I thought Cannabis was the answer to all ills?
Why do we need hospitals anyway? I thought Cannabis was the answer to all ills? NickBrt
  • Score: 7

3:55pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Sir Prised says...

The most probable cause is the ridiculosly lenient visiting regime. It should only be two at a time, for limited periods of the day. Clear advice on personal hygiene should be everywhere and the majority of the day left free of visitors to allow the staff to get on with the job of caring for their patients.
The most probable cause is the ridiculosly lenient visiting regime. It should only be two at a time, for limited periods of the day. Clear advice on personal hygiene should be everywhere and the majority of the day left free of visitors to allow the staff to get on with the job of caring for their patients. Sir Prised
  • Score: 10

4:12pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

All National Health hospitals should be closed anyway. My husband and I decided years ago to eschew all things National Health after a terrible incident at Treliske hospital in Truro. Sack everyone; get people to pay for health care and build brand new hospitals from scratch.
All National Health hospitals should be closed anyway. My husband and I decided years ago to eschew all things National Health after a terrible incident at Treliske hospital in Truro. Sack everyone; get people to pay for health care and build brand new hospitals from scratch. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -23

5:41pm Sat 16 Aug 14

dingdong2 says...

Perhaps if they enforced making visitors wash their hands they might avoid problems like this.

Every ward should have a prominent hand washing station on the entrance or turnstiles that only move when you've dispensed some hand gel.

Its also shocking how many staff don't wash their hands often enough.
Perhaps if they enforced making visitors wash their hands they might avoid problems like this. Every ward should have a prominent hand washing station on the entrance or turnstiles that only move when you've dispensed some hand gel. Its also shocking how many staff don't wash their hands often enough. dingdong2
  • Score: 10

10:19am Sun 17 Aug 14

redwing says...

notslimjim wrote:
Laserluke wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist.

It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose.

Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created.

Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.
What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.
It also kills people on a daily basis.

And that isn't those whose lives they fail to save.

The media is full of NHS failings because those failings are occurring.
Perhaps you'd like to comment on the cataract operations that were privatised, botched, and may well leave the NHS picking up the tab for the misery they've caused.
http://www.theguardi
an.com/society/2014/
aug/14/nhs-eye-opera
tions-private-provid
er-musgrove
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Laserluke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist. It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose. Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created. Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]It also kills people on a daily basis. And that isn't those whose lives they fail to save. The media is full of NHS failings because those failings are occurring.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you'd like to comment on the cataract operations that were privatised, botched, and may well leave the NHS picking up the tab for the misery they've caused. http://www.theguardi an.com/society/2014/ aug/14/nhs-eye-opera tions-private-provid er-musgrove redwing
  • Score: 3

12:02pm Sun 17 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

redwing wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
Laserluke wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist.

It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose.

Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created.

Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.
What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.
It also kills people on a daily basis.

And that isn't those whose lives they fail to save.

The media is full of NHS failings because those failings are occurring.
Perhaps you'd like to comment on the cataract operations that were privatised, botched, and may well leave the NHS picking up the tab for the misery they've caused.
http://www.theguardi

an.com/society/2014/

aug/14/nhs-eye-opera

tions-private-provid

er-musgrove
The private sector is no panacea. Just look at the USA. Why would I want to pay 5 times the taxes I pay towards the NHS for the same care? Just so those that own the health companies get rich. Break an arm or leg in the states and you could end up destitute.

Sadly there are a lot of apologists that back scrapping the NHS, without admitting the consequences. They should be getting behind the NHS to improve it rather than undermine it!
[quote][p][bold]redwing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Laserluke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist. It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose. Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created. Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]It also kills people on a daily basis. And that isn't those whose lives they fail to save. The media is full of NHS failings because those failings are occurring.[/p][/quote]Perhaps you'd like to comment on the cataract operations that were privatised, botched, and may well leave the NHS picking up the tab for the misery they've caused. http://www.theguardi an.com/society/2014/ aug/14/nhs-eye-opera tions-private-provid er-musgrove[/p][/quote]The private sector is no panacea. Just look at the USA. Why would I want to pay 5 times the taxes I pay towards the NHS for the same care? Just so those that own the health companies get rich. Break an arm or leg in the states and you could end up destitute. Sadly there are a lot of apologists that back scrapping the NHS, without admitting the consequences. They should be getting behind the NHS to improve it rather than undermine it! HJarrs
  • Score: 3

2:19pm Sun 17 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Laserluke wrote:
notslimjim wrote:
Nikski wrote:
Nosfaratu wrote:
Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.
Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS
The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist.

It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose.

Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created.

Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.
What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.
Why would we hear reports of the NHS doing its job properly?

It is SUPPOSED to give first-class treatment, fgs..

'Clean train arrives on time' wouldn't be much of a story.
[quote][p][bold]Laserluke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nosfaratu[/bold] wrote: Well, another good reason not to go to the oldest, most ridiculous Hospital in any city in the UK.[/p][/quote]Next time you need emergency treatment I hope they take you somewhere a long way away in a very slow ambulance! God bless the Sussex and NHS[/p][/quote]The NHS doesn't have a divine right to exist. It's up to those within to make it work and keep it fit for purpose. Time and again we are shown that it is nowhere near doing the task for which it was created. Keeping it going for the sake of nostalgia is a sure way to fail the people of this country who actually pay for it.[/p][/quote]What utter tosh. You only ever hear bad reports in the media about the NHS. You don't hear that thousand of people a day get first class treatment and care. It doesn't make a good headline. This may explain your blinkered view. It is doing the task it was set up to do under enormous pressure. To say it is kept going for nostalgia is a trivial point to make as the NHS saves peoples lives on a daily basis.[/p][/quote]Why would we hear reports of the NHS doing its job properly? It is SUPPOSED to give first-class treatment, fgs.. 'Clean train arrives on time' wouldn't be much of a story. notslimjim
  • Score: -2

6:29pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Nikski says...

We should all be very proud of the NHS it is a truly fantastic organisation and admired around the world., Unfortunately, despite this government's claim that would be 'safe in their hands' it is being privatised by stealth and we are at serious risk of losing it.
When it has gone those who knock it will be quick to complain about the costs of their treatment you can be absolutely sure of that.
If you really want to complain about something why not try complaining to your MP and Councillors about this government's attack on the NHS and join the fight to keep it!
If you really think a private health care system would be better, look at the rail network and the energy supply companies, not to mention The Royal Mail......oh yes, we only lost over £1 billion on the sale of that and who got the biggest allocation of shares? Not you or I, no, but a bunch of wealthy tories! And have you noticed how the price of stamps has shot up, or that they are going to stop late collections? SAVE OUR NHS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
We should all be very proud of the NHS it is a truly fantastic organisation and admired around the world., Unfortunately, despite this government's claim that would be 'safe in their hands' it is being privatised by stealth and we are at serious risk of losing it. When it has gone those who knock it will be quick to complain about the costs of their treatment you can be absolutely sure of that. If you really want to complain about something why not try complaining to your MP and Councillors about this government's attack on the NHS and join the fight to keep it! If you really think a private health care system would be better, look at the rail network and the energy supply companies, not to mention The Royal Mail......oh yes, we only lost over £1 billion on the sale of that and who got the biggest allocation of shares? Not you or I, no, but a bunch of wealthy tories! And have you noticed how the price of stamps has shot up, or that they are going to stop late collections? SAVE OUR NHS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE! Nikski
  • Score: 4

9:05am Mon 18 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Nikski wrote:
We should all be very proud of the NHS it is a truly fantastic organisation and admired around the world., Unfortunately, despite this government's claim that would be 'safe in their hands' it is being privatised by stealth and we are at serious risk of losing it.
When it has gone those who knock it will be quick to complain about the costs of their treatment you can be absolutely sure of that.
If you really want to complain about something why not try complaining to your MP and Councillors about this government's attack on the NHS and join the fight to keep it!
If you really think a private health care system would be better, look at the rail network and the energy supply companies, not to mention The Royal Mail......oh yes, we only lost over £1 billion on the sale of that and who got the biggest allocation of shares? Not you or I, no, but a bunch of wealthy tories! And have you noticed how the price of stamps has shot up, or that they are going to stop late collections? SAVE OUR NHS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!
^^^^^Utter drivel^^^^^^^

The privatisation of the NHS was wholeheartedly conducted by Labour.

Have you heard of PFI? Started by John Major, conducted enthusiastically by Blair/Brown.

Under Labour, the NHS went downhill.

Which Health Minister closed more NHS beds than anyone else?

David Owen...Labour.

There is absolutely no risk to the NHS's existence. This government has fire-hosed money at it and will continue to do so.
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: We should all be very proud of the NHS it is a truly fantastic organisation and admired around the world., Unfortunately, despite this government's claim that would be 'safe in their hands' it is being privatised by stealth and we are at serious risk of losing it. When it has gone those who knock it will be quick to complain about the costs of their treatment you can be absolutely sure of that. If you really want to complain about something why not try complaining to your MP and Councillors about this government's attack on the NHS and join the fight to keep it! If you really think a private health care system would be better, look at the rail network and the energy supply companies, not to mention The Royal Mail......oh yes, we only lost over £1 billion on the sale of that and who got the biggest allocation of shares? Not you or I, no, but a bunch of wealthy tories! And have you noticed how the price of stamps has shot up, or that they are going to stop late collections? SAVE OUR NHS BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE![/p][/quote]^^^^^Utter drivel^^^^^^^ The privatisation of the NHS was wholeheartedly conducted by Labour. Have you heard of PFI? Started by John Major, conducted enthusiastically by Blair/Brown. Under Labour, the NHS went downhill. Which Health Minister closed more NHS beds than anyone else? David Owen...Labour. There is absolutely no risk to the NHS's existence. This government has fire-hosed money at it and will continue to do so. notslimjim
  • Score: -2

10:22am Mon 18 Aug 14

PracticeNotTheories says...

While the whole privatisation/ abolishment of the NHS is a massive discussion point, the outbreak of Norovirus is not related.

This was an outbreak that was isolated to 3 wards and, due to the processes and procedures in place, was kept from spreading further.

It IS most likely this illness either came in via a patient, or their family visiting. It's something that is easy to spread through contamination of the hands, or surfaces. The closure of wards to new admissions (not complete closure as the sensationalist headline implies) means no patients are able to be admitted or discharged until the ward is 'clear' of symptoms for 48 hours (the incubation period of new infection).

BSUH has this pretty prominent on their webpage, and with signs in the hospital, and hand cleaner at doors to every ward. They do a great job, in tough circumstances with their aging building as already mentioned.
While the whole privatisation/ abolishment of the NHS is a massive discussion point, the outbreak of Norovirus is not related. This was an outbreak that was isolated to 3 wards and, due to the processes and procedures in place, was kept from spreading further. It IS most likely this illness either came in via a patient, or their family visiting. It's something that is easy to spread through contamination of the hands, or surfaces. The closure of wards to new admissions (not complete closure as the sensationalist headline implies) means no patients are able to be admitted or discharged until the ward is 'clear' of symptoms for 48 hours (the incubation period of new infection). BSUH has this pretty prominent on their webpage, and with signs in the hospital, and hand cleaner at doors to every ward. They do a great job, in tough circumstances with their aging building as already mentioned. PracticeNotTheories
  • Score: 1

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