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Norovirus closes wards at Bournemouth Hospital

Four wards have been closed at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Four wards have been closed at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus.

Visiting restrictions are in place and people are being reminded to wash their hands before entering wards.

RBCH says it is working hard to reduce the spread of the virus to avoid disruption to patient care.

The advice to all visitors to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital is:

  • only visit if it is essential
  • please wash your hands with soap and water before visiting wards and use the hand gel provided
  • DO NOT visit hospital at all if you, or any members of your household, have had any kind of sickness and/or diarrhoea in the past 72 hours - even if you think it may be food poisoning. You should be symptom free for 72 hours before coming in
  • if you are due to come into hospital for an elective (planned) procedure or operation and have been unwell with any kind of sickness and or diarrhoea please ring the hospital to let us know before you come in

Team in line for major award

Members of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Eye Unit, who have been nominated for a national award Credit: Royal Bournemouth Hospital

The team’s nomination will now be considered by a judging panel, who will decide on the overall winners.

Awards will be presented at the society’s annual London conference on September 28.

Helen Jackman, Chief Executive of the Macular Society, said: “Staff at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital eye clinic do an incredible job and we are delighted they have been recognised for their excellent work."


Delight at award nomination

Clinical Lead of the RBH Eye Unit, Consultant Mrs Non Matthews, said: “All of the Eye Unit staff are so pleased and proud to receive this nomination.

"We try very hard to deliver a friendly, efficient and caring service, with all members of the team contributing to the patient experience.

"We are delighted that this is being recognised with this nomination to the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.”

John Bright, a patient who nominated the team, said: “I cannot praise all of the staff enough. They are courteous, helpful and efficient. In addition the waiting rooms are light, airy and clean."

Hospital eye unit praised

A team of hospital eye specialists has been nominated for a national award.

The Eye Unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) is in the running for the ‘Clinical Service of the Year’ award as part of the Macular Society’s Awards for Excellence.

The nomination recognises the department’s exceptionally good practice in the care of people with macular degeneration.

Hospital apologises after patients recalled

“Although we have found no evidence of any harm, the safety of our patients is our number one priority. This is why as a precaution we are making additional contact with some patients and offering a further consultation.

The vast majority of patients who have attended the breast clinic at Bournemouth during this time remain unaffected. We do however realise that for those patients that we do recall this may lead to additional anxiety and we apologise for the distress that this may cause."

– Mr Tony Skene, Consultant Breast Surgeon

Patients recalled to Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Hundreds of women have been recalled to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital amid concerns over the way breast cancer consultations were carried out.

The Hospital says the consultants are unhappy with the way a junior doctor conducted his initial assessment of some of the patients.

A spokesman said the assessment potentially did not meet their usual high standards but they had no evidence of any harm to the patients seen by the junior doctor.

Around 250 women who attended the breast clinic between January 2011 and July 2012 and were told they didn't require a follow-up appointment are being invited back for a further consultation and examination.