Back to normal at Cabrini MalvernDate: 05/07/2017
During the past day or so, there have been some media reports about closure of a ward at Cabrini Malvern due viral gastroenteritis which is an infectious illness.
This situation has now been resolved, according to Executive Director of Cabrini Malvern Dr Simon Woods. “As of today, we have no patients with gastroenteritis,” he said.
Dr Woods says gastroenteritis is common in the community at this time of year and something that hospitals are well equipped to handle.
“Over a nine-day period, seven patients were treated at Cabrini Malvern for various types of gastroenteritis due to different viruses and bacteria,” he said.
“In order to minimise the impact on the rest of the hospital, all were treated in one ward at Cabrini Malvern.
“During this time, we discontinued admissions of any new patients who did not have gastroenteritis to this area of the hospital.
“Patients from this ward were not transferred to other facilities to ensure that the problem was contained.
“Unfortunately, a small number of staff members were also affected by the virus, which highlights the risk that our doctors and staff encounter when dealing with patients who have contagious illnesses.”
Cabrini advised the relevant authorities of the situation and put in place all necessary measures in accordance with the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services’ guidelines.
All hospital operations are now back to normal. If patients and their families need any further information about their admission or hospital stay at Cabrini, please telephone (03) 9508 1222.
Media information: contact Christine Elmer ph (03) 9508 3551 or Jackie Meiers ph (03) 9508 3552 or 0419 009 146, Cabrini marketing and community relations department.