News

Doctor on sick list as gastro virus hits hospital

Casino Hospital's emergency department is without a doctor following a gastro outbreak.
Casino Hospital's emergency department is without a doctor following a gastro outbreak.

A GASTRO virus has infected the doctor at Casino Hospital's emergency department, leaving the ward without a doctor for at least two days.

Visitors to the hospital have also been restricted.

Acting executive director of the Richmond Clarence Health Service Group, Dan Madden, yesterday confirmed a number of patients and staff at the Casino and District Memorial Hospital had been affected by gastroenteritis.

"Three staff and three patients have active symptoms of gastroenteritis," he said.

"The three patients are being isolated, while the three staff have taken sick leave.

"This increase in gastroenteritis at the hospital has affected the doctor in the emergency department who will be off duty for at least 48 hours.

"During this period there will be no doctor in the emergency department between 8am and 6pm.

"However the general practitioners and visiting medical officers have agreed to provide some coverage."

He also said a decision had been made to restrict visitors to the hospital, in accordance with NSW Health Gastro Control Guidelines.

Visitors will be allowed again once the gastro outbreak is "under control".

The gastro virus outbreak has also affected nursing homes in Casino.

Last week The Northern Star reported that a number of patients and staff at both The Cedars nursing home and St Michael's Home for the Aged had been infected.

The North Coast Public Health Unit said gastroenteritis was highly infectious and usually spread through direct contact with an infected person.

AVOID THE GASTRO VIRUS

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and running water for 10 seconds before handling and eating food.

Always wash your hands after using the toilet.

Symptoms include vomiting and watery diarrhoea, nausea, fever, abdominal pain and headaches.

If you get sick, stay at home and do not go to work. Drink plenty of clear fluids. The symptoms should clear after one to two days.

Topics:  casino hospital




Fatal crash babysitter fights to get licence back

Courteney Matthews at her last court appearance at Casino Local Court.

Teenage driver asks court to reinstate her licence

Iconic nude beach 'overrun' by sexual behaviour

Stunning North Coast beach overrun with "sex focus and harassment"

Young dad killed in tragic accident 'dedicated to community'

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family of Shane, 34, who died in a tragic machinery accident earlier this year.

"Shane was only 34 years old, and he loved his family dearly"

Latest deals and offers

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

The Bachelor: Vinteaea tells why she had to walk out

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

MasterChef winner cheered on by family in Grafton

BIG CHEER: Carlie Slattery (top right) with her husband Madison and kids Ashton, Eva and baby Milla celebrate Carlie's cousin Elena's win in MasterChef last night.

Carlie gets behind her cousin's MasterChef win

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Sassy duo unveils Album Deux

RETURN: Baby et Lulu will be playing at the Byron Theatre.

Album Deux is Australian duo Baby Et Lulu’s latest release

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started