Visitor restrictions at Waterford Regional Hospital were lifted on Monday afternoon.

The ban, implemented to curb the spread of the Winter Vomiting Bug, had been in place throughout the holiday period. The only exception to the visiting ban was for families of critically ill patients.

A spokesperson for the hospital said the situation is being reviewed on a daily basis. Anyone who has been affected by vomiting and/or diarrhoea, or anyone who has had contact with persons with these symptoms, has been requested not to visit the hospital until they have been symptom free for 72 hours. 

“The bug is currently widespread in the community and people may unknowingly bring the bug into the hospital when visiting sick relatives or friends”, commented Patricia Sullivan, General Manager of WRH. “Patient care is our priority and we would urge the public to help hospital staff keep the virus at bay as it can further debilitate those who are already sick in hospital.”