Hepatitis A Outbreak in Ripon – Press Release (update @ 26th June 2019)
- New cases of illness confirmed connected to Outwood Academy show signs of slowing.
- Small number of cases in wider community remain under investigation.
- Case in food handler at a Ripon bar prompts precautionary health advice. No cases currently confirmed in visitors of the bar.
- Public health experts advise risk remains low and people should only contact their GP or NHS 111 if showing symptoms of the infection.
Dr Simon Padfield, Consultant in Communicable Disease Control at PHE Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “Following ongoing laboratory testing, we can confirm that a total of 19 cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed connected with Outwood Academy, Ripon. Reports of new cases of illness connected to the school have slowed down during the past week and this is encouraging.
“As part of our latest investigations, we have also identified a total of 4 cases confirmed in the wider community since 19 June. The source of illness for these cases remains under investigation. They do not appear to be linked to Outwood Academy, or have any other common links between them.
Dr Padfield added that one of the confirmed cases was known to work as a food handler at ‘So! Bar and Eats’ in Ripon. While there are currently no cases identified among diners, as a precaution, anyone who ate food at these premises between 8th and the 23rd June should be aware of the symptoms of Hepatitis A, particularly jaundice (a condition which causes the skin and the whites of the eyes to turn yellow) which could indicate infection with Hepatitis A. This advice relates specifically to the Ripon premises – other premises in the ‘So! Bar and Eats’ group are not affected.
Dr Padfield continued: “Environmental Health Officers from Harrogate Borough Council have visited So! Bar and Eats in Ripon and it’s important to stress that the risk of diners developing the infection has been assessed as low, but if they develop symptoms, they should contact their GP or NHS 111 for advice.
“People who have visited ‘So! Bar and Eats’ outside of these dates are not at increased risk and are urged not to contact GPs if they remain well. General information on Hepatitis A can be found at www.nhs.uk or by phoning NHS 111.
“I understand that the confirmation of further cases in the community may be of concern, but it’s important to remember that the risk remains low. NHS services are identifying cases of Hepatitis A and providing care promptly and those affected are recovering. Their household contacts are being followed up to reduce the risk of the infection spreading. Hepatitis A is usually a mild illness, though it can be more serious in adults. GPs in North Yorkshire remain vigilant to further cases.”
Change in Dispensary Hours
From the 1st June, our Dispensary will be open from 8am until 6pm (currently 8.30am until 6.30pm). This is following a review of the demand for our dispensing services and we feel it will provide a better service for patients.;
We are proud to have served the Ripon community for over 100 years. With a large on-site car park, we are located within the city centre on North Street (HG4 1HL) and offer:
- Guaranteed same day access to highly skilled clinicians via our telephone triage system
- Appointments available until 8pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday
- Routine appointments, bookable up to 8 weeks in advance
- Online booking of appointments, ordering repeat prescriptions and viewing of medical summary
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- On-site Dispensary for patients living over a mile from their nearest chemist
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