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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Visitor Restriction at AMGH Continues

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Hospital CEO hopes gastro-intestinal virus runs its course soon

A gastro-intestinal flu-like outbreak at Goderich's Alexandra Marine and General Hospital continues to keep visitors away.

A restriction on visitors to in-patients remains in place.

Visits to patients in palliative care are being allowed.

AMGH CEO Bill Thibert says the return to a regular hospital routine will take some time.

He says the priority is to rid patients of the flu and to get stricken medical staff back on their feet.

Thibert admits getting the whole hospital back to normal after such an outbreak is a challenge.

Medical staff who come down with the flu must be symptom-free for at least 48 hours -- that's on top of the time they would have had to stay home while sick.

Thibert has his fingers crossed that this flu outbreak won't be a major event.

He says outbreak situations can be prolonged because new patients present with symptoms as others are getting better.

Symptoms of gastro-intestinal flu include vomiting and diarrhea.


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