Outbreak of ‘red eye’ at Geriatric

(BGIS)

The Ministry of Health today advised that due to an outbreak of conjunctivitis, commonly referred to here as “red eye” on Ward C2 at the St Michael Geriatric Hospital on Beckles Road, St Michael, it was restricting visits to patients on that ward until the situation was resolved.

“Relatives of patients on Ward C2 are asked to call the Geriatric Hospital to make arrangements for the delivery of clothes or other items.  Additionally, the Ministry is urging visitors with relatives on other wards not to wander on to other wards,” the ministry said in a statement issued by the Barbados Government Information Service this afternoon.   

While asking persons with conjunctivitis to refrain from visiting the hospital, it also reminded visitors to practice good hygiene, including washing their hands before and after visits to the institution.

“Management of the Geriatric Hospital has indicated that steps are being taken to treat those patients who have been affected and to ensure that proper hygiene practices are followed by staff and patients.   This is in the interest of the health of patients, staff and visitors.

“The Ministry of Health regrets any inconvenience caused as a result of this temporary measure and thanks the public for their cooperation at this time,” the statement added.

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