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Threadworm (Enterobius) Investigation

Normally the condition is diagnosed by microscopic detection of the nematode eggs sampled from the perianal area. However, in extremely heavy infestations some worms may be seen on the buttocks and in the stools. Normally the eggs may be sampled by swabbing the perianal skin with a swab moistened with saline, preferably first thing in the morning. The recommended method is to then dip, rotate and squeeze the swab in 3-5ml of sterile saline in a plain universal, The swab can then be discarded and the universal labelled and sent to the laboratory for centrifugation and microscopy. Alternatively, the sellotape slide method may be used, which involves attaching a piece of sellotape over the perianal region overnight. The sellotape is removed and fixed, sticky side down and as smoothly as possible on a glass microscope slide. The slide must be labelled and submitted in a slide carrier box for investigation.


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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.


These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.