Gastroenteritis outbreak in the Inverell Community

December 10, 2020 12:57 am

Gastroenteritis outbreak in the Inverell Community

In light of recent reports of possiblegastroenteritis cases in our Inverell community and the already heightened sensitivity around COVID-19, our Inverell residential care facility is taking precautionary measures to ensure the health and well-being of our residents leading up to Christmas.

“With the recent easing of COVID-19 restrictions, it is understandable that people are excited about their new freedoms, especially with Christmas fast approaching and we will be seeing a lot more movement within our communities. This can increase the exposure and spread of a virus like gastroenteritis” said Mr Hartfiel McLean Care Manager Clinical Governance Quality and Risk.

If you have a family member or friend in our care and looking to visit them, please contact our facility first so that we can continue to support our residents and their families. We certainly don’t want to alarm anyone, and wish to reassure families and the wider community that McLean Care has specific protocols in place to ensure our residents receive the highest level of care.” continued Mr Hartfiel.  

McLean Care are asking the members of the Inverell community to refrain from visiting at this time to assist in keeping our Inverell facility free from gastroenteritis and to be conscious of the impact that gastroenteritis could have on our residents, especially throughout the festive season.

If you are unwell or have any symptoms of gastroenteritis which can include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, headaches and general lethargy, please stay at home. Symptoms of gastroenteritis develop rapidly, within 2-3 days, and an infected person can be infectious for a few days after symptoms of gastroenteritis, and may transmit the virus, one to two days before the onset of symptoms.

For further information or interview please contact: 02 6761 2222

Brendan Hartfiel Manager Clinical Governance Quality and Risk