Patients hit with gastro illness at Kings County Memorial Hospital

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Hospital limiting patients to one visitor at a time for next two days as testing continues

Kings County Memorial Hospital is temporarily restricting patient visits as a number of patients and staff have been hit with gastro-intestinal illness.

"Effective immediately and for the next 48 hours, Kings County Memorial Hospital will be limiting visitation to one visitor per patient at a time," said a statement issued from Health P.E.I. at 5 p.m. Monday.

The hospital wants family, friends and loved ones to coordinate hospital visits over the next two days to meet the one-person limit, said the statement.

 “We are currently processing lab specimens from patients experiencing gastro-intestinal illness symptoms, specifically diarrhea, to determine the nature of the illness and if there is a common link between these patients,” said Edna Miller, community hospitals east administrator.

She said that patients and staff are receiving and taking "heightened infection control practices."

"It is extremely important that everyone coming to the hospital, including visitors and persons coming in for tests, x-rays or ambulatory procedures clean their hands before and after entering a patient’s room, a department, and upon entering and leaving the facility," said the statement from Health P.E.I.

It said that alcohol hand rinse stations remain available throughout the building for this purpose.

"The situation will be reassessed Wednesday as more information is made available," said Health P.E.I. "A further update will be provided at that time. "

Organizations: Kings County Memorial Hospital

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