Worried wife slams hospital visitor ban

A FORMER nurse has criticised the Royal Bolton Hospital’s ban on visitors and says it is affecting patients emotionally.

The woman, who asked not to be named, is growing increasingly concerned about the mental wellbeing of her 79-year-old husband, who was admitted to the hospital on Friday, January 18 — the day the ban on visitors was enforced.

All visitors, apart from those in exceptional circumstances, are banned in an attempt to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug norovirus.

Since January 18, the 72-year-old woman, who worked at the Royal Bolton Hospital for 31 years, has seen her husband just once after she “made a fuss” and was let on to his ward last Tuesday — five days after he was admitted.

She calls the hospital five times each day to check his condition, and goes each day to collect his laundry.

The couple have never been apart in their 47-year marriage.

She said her husband, who is disabled, partially deaf and unable to use a phone, had grown very confused and thought his family had abandoned him.

“As soon as I walked in on Tuesday he said “Thank God” and put his arms around me and was almost crying. He put his hand out to the nurses and said “thank you, thank you”.

“Stress kills and he is quite stressed because he can’t see me. You look after the whole of the patient, not just the body, but they are not treating the emotional side of the patient.

“His family is his life and he doesn’t understand why we can’t see him,” she added.

The woman also questioned the effectiveness of the visiting ban on halting the spread of the vomiting bug and said nurses and other staff, who are using public transport and going out into the community, would be bringing the bug into the hospital.

Heather Edwards, head of communications at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The decision not to allow visitors in most cases is not taken lightly, but in the interests of patients in order to prevent the spread of norovirus from the community.

“If the relatives and ward staff feel there are exceptional circumstances this should be looked at on an individual basis.

“Our staff are told if they have been affected they should not come to work until they are fully clear of symptoms. We restrict staff from going between wards unless it is absolutely necessary and reinforce our policies about infection prevention and control.”

The ban on visitors at the hospital has been partially lifted today.

One named person will now be allowed into a ward during normal visiting hours.

Children remain banned from visiting and anyone who has had recent norovirus symptoms or been in contact with a sufferer is also banned.

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5:57pm Wed 30 Jan 13

rostron says...

Was there other week, had to report hand gel bottles were empty. Noted that staff didnt use them,in or out of main corridor, besides visitors.Feel sorry for patients, having no visitors will hamper recovery, especially elderly ones, who can be confused.It happens, viruses go round, shame for those that get it, & no visiting wont stop it.
Was there other week, had to report hand gel bottles were empty. Noted that staff didnt use them,in or out of main corridor, besides visitors.Feel sorry for patients, having no visitors will hamper recovery, especially elderly ones, who can be confused.It happens, viruses go round, shame for those that get it, & no visiting wont stop it. rostron

9:07pm Wed 30 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

this infection is borne on the breath - so why don't they nurse all the patients who have it in one ward and if they want to take extra precautions, ask visitors to wear face masks when visiting other wards.
this infection is borne on the breath - so why don't they nurse all the patients who have it in one ward and if they want to take extra precautions, ask visitors to wear face masks when visiting other wards. oftbewildered2

9:19pm Wed 30 Jan 13

SmoggyDiasboro says...

'this infection is borne on the breath' -

If I'm wrong, I'll of course apolgise, but everything I've read about norovirus talks about it being contagious and not infectious
'this infection is borne on the breath' - If I'm wrong, I'll of course apolgise, but everything I've read about norovirus talks about it being contagious and not infectious SmoggyDiasboro

7:07am Thu 31 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

SmoggyDiasboro wrote:
'this infection is borne on the breath' -

If I'm wrong, I'll of course apolgise, but everything I've read about norovirus talks about it being contagious and not infectious
good point - and I too will hold my hands up if I am wrong. Please accept that I was just trying to work a way round the problem
[quote][p][bold]SmoggyDiasboro[/bold] wrote: 'this infection is borne on the breath' - If I'm wrong, I'll of course apolgise, but everything I've read about norovirus talks about it being contagious and not infectious[/p][/quote]good point - and I too will hold my hands up if I am wrong. Please accept that I was just trying to work a way round the problem oftbewildered2

7:11am Thu 31 Jan 13

oftbewildered2 says...

oftbewildered2 wrote:
SmoggyDiasboro wrote:
'this infection is borne on the breath' -

If I'm wrong, I'll of course apolgise, but everything I've read about norovirus talks about it being contagious and not infectious
good point - and I too will hold my hands up if I am wrong. Please accept that I was just trying to work a way round the problem
aha - one to you nil to me. Another dirty hands job carried on faeces. I read some weeks ago a report that Brits were the worse for not washing their hands. Back to the drawing board.
[quote][p][bold]oftbewildered2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SmoggyDiasboro[/bold] wrote: 'this infection is borne on the breath' - If I'm wrong, I'll of course apolgise, but everything I've read about norovirus talks about it being contagious and not infectious[/p][/quote]good point - and I too will hold my hands up if I am wrong. Please accept that I was just trying to work a way round the problem[/p][/quote]aha - one to you nil to me. Another dirty hands job carried on faeces. I read some weeks ago a report that Brits were the worse for not washing their hands. Back to the drawing board. oftbewildered2

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