A major Tasmanian hospital has restricted access to three of its wards amid a potential gastroenteritis outbreak.
A number of patients and staff at Launceston General Hospital (LGH) have suffered gastroenteritis-like symptoms, the Tasmanian Department of Health said in a statement on Wednesday.
The community has been encouraged by the government to “think about the right health service for their needs” and reconsider attending the LGH for non-urgent health needs.
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An outbreak management team is looking into the possible outbreak.
“The safety of patients and staff is paramount,” a Department of Health spokesperson said.
Visitor access to Ward 3D, Ward 5D and Ward 6D has been restricted until further notice.
Launceston General Hospital. Credit: AAP
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The department urged members of the public to consider alternatives to the Emergency Department for non-urgent needs, such as after-hours GP services in the Launceston area.
The Urgent Care Clinic at Launceston Medical Centre is open from 2pm to 8pm daily.
Registered Nurses are available through Healthdirect 24/7 and can advise community members on the best care option for them.
Your pharmacist can also provide advice on common ailments and illnesses including coughs, colds, skin conditions, allergies and headaches as well as medicines and general healthcare.
If you are seriously injured or unwell, you should go to the Emergency Department.
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