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Viral Gastroenteritis Outbreak at CHF Inpatient Ward

Update 8: Wednesday 28 May 2014  Issued at 1000 hours

The CHF Inpatient ward over the last week has experienced an outbreak of viral gastroenteritis that has affected our patients in this area. We can confirm in the last 72 hours that we have had no new identified cases and we are confident the situation is now resolved.

We have received official results and can confirm that the organism has been identified as Norovirus, and the measures implemented over the course of this outbreak has contained and protected non affected patients and staff.

We are therefore pleased to advise that our Inpatient Ward has returned to full operational duties and opened for admissions as of 1000 hours Wednesday 28 May.

We continue to ask visitors to the facility to adhere to the directives issued by our Medical Staff and to utilise the hand gel stations on arriving and departing our facility. We also encourage those patients in the community who have been sick with vomiting or diarrhoea, or have a family member that is, or has been sick, to stay away from the facility until they are asymptomatic for at least 72 hours.

Members of the community who need to access medical facilities and who are currently experiencing diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms need to call CHF on 4190500 before presenting to the facility.

No further updates will be issued unless we experience new cases of Norovirus.  

Ray Anton
Chief Executive Officer

How do I deal with Viral Gastroenteritis

Good hygiene is the key to preventing an infection, especially when you are in close surroundings with a lot of other people.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds, or use an alcohol based hand sanitiser, especially after going to the bathroom or changing a baby's nappy, and before you prepare or eat food.

Carefully dispose of any contaminated items (such as dirty nappies). Wash raw fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Cook seafood and shellfish before eating them. Clean and disinfect surfaces with a mixture of detergent and chlorine bleach after someone is sick.

If you have viral gastroenteritis, don't prepare food for at least two to three days after you feel better. Try not to eat food that has been prepared by someone else that is sick.


When to see your Doctor:

See you Doctor if you or a family member:

  • Has blood in their vomit.
  • Gets any new or worse symptoms.
  • Has vomiting or diarrhoea for longer than 3 days.

You should also see your Doctor if you or your family member has become badly dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include:

  • Little or no urine passed in the last 8 hours and the urine is dark and smelly.
  • Reduced saliva in their mouth; no tears; sunken eyes; sunken fontanel in infants.
  • Dizziness, lethargy, floppiness, a rapid heart rate and breathing, cool hands and feet or grey cold skin, their skin doesn't relax after being pinched.


  • There is no specific treatment or vaccination for viral gastroenteritis. Dehydration is the main cause of serious illness.
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as plain water and oral rehydration drinks (e.g Gastrolyte), give children and oral rehydration solution such as Pedialyte to replace lost fluids and electrolytes. Avoid sugary drinks, which can make diarrhoea worse, as well as alcohol and caffeinated beverages which can dehydrate you further. 
  • Don't take medicine to stop vomiting or diarrhoea (unless your Doctor tells you to) as these will stop your body getting rid of the virus.

Should you feel that you are deteriorating, feel dehydrated, are unable to keep down fluids please contact us on 419 0500 and ask to speak to the Triage Nurse.


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