BENDIGO Health is continuing to monitor a gastroenteritis outbreak within a ward on Level 5 of the main hospital which has impacted about 20 people.
The health service has been monitoring the outbreak since earlier this week and medical ward 5A has been closed.
A spokesperson for Bendigo Health said the outbreak has had “minimal” impact on the operation of the hospital.
“The health service is monitoring the situation and will not be reopening the ward until the outbreak is resolved,” she said.
“At this stage there has been a very minimal impact on our surgery activity because we have been able to keep our overall bed numbers stable by temporarily opening new beds in other areas.
“The number of unwell staff and patients is changing daily, at this stage most of the cases are confined to the one ward, 5A, there are about 20.”
Bendigo Health is following guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services in managing the outbreak, including “enhanced infection prevention measures”.
A public warning issued by Bendigo Health stated gastro outbreaks were “very common” at this time of year and reminded all visitors to the hospital to wash their hands.
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