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Latest Crisis To Hit Mv Hebridean Isles Car Ferry


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Yesterday afternoon (22nd April) the MV Hebridean Isles car ferry was forced to cancel all sailings for the remainder of the day plus the following day due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

I happened to find out as I was due to travel on the 7.00 sailing today and as it was windy yesterday I checked the Calmac website for any weather related cancellations. 

I immediately phoned Calmac and was advised that there was a suspected outbreak of Norovirus with the ferry likely to be withdrawn from service.

There was a further announcement at 4.30pm which confirmed my worst fears that the 7.00 sailing was cancelled as the MV Hebridean Isles was going to have a deep clean to get rid of the Norovirus which is highly contagious. 

I again phoned Calmac and fortunately my booking was able to be transferred to the 9.45 sailing from Port Ellen to Kennacraig. 

As usual there has been no press release from Transport Scotland owners of Calmac regarding this outbreak of Norovirus on the MV Hebridean Isles and if I had not been booked to sail today I would not have known anything about it. 

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23 hours ago, islaydarkblue said:

if I had not been booked to sail today I would not have known anything about it. 

Which begs the question, if you weren’t booked on it why would you need to know about it? 🤷‍♂️

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29 minutes ago, islaydarkblue said:

Outbreaks of Norovirus should be released into the public domain as a matter of concern, not swept under the carpet. 

Never heard of transport Scotland releasing statements about norovirous. Surely the fact that Calmac made an announcement to state the sailing was cancelled and they were taking measures to get rid of the virus means it wasn’t swept under the carpet?

Glad to hear you still managed to travel today though Islay. It’s a real pain when your travel plans get cancelled 

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4 minutes ago, dblair said:

Never heard of transport Scotland releasing statements about norovirous. Surely the fact that Calmac made an announcement to state the sailing was cancelled and they were taking measures to get rid of the virus means it wasn’t swept under the carpet?

 

Only one problem. 

Calmac never made a statement that the sailings were cancelled as they were taking measures to get rid of the Norovirus. 

Calmac stated on the Service page of their website that the sailings had been cancelled due to a Technical issue which covers a multitude of sins. 

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1 minute ago, islaydarkblue said:

Only one problem. 

Calmac never made a statement that the sailings were cancelled as they were taking measures to get rid of the Norovirus. 

Calmac stated on the Service page of their website that the sailings had been cancelled due to a Technical issue which covers a multitude of sins. 

 

On 24/04/2019 at 00:23, islaydarkblue said:

There was a further announcement at 4.30pm which confirmed my worst fears that the 7.00 sailing was cancelled as the MV Hebridean Isles was going to have a deep clean to get rid of the Norovirus which is highly contagious. 

🤷‍♂️

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Have you ever had norovirus Islay. It is very unpleasant indeed and on ships it is very easily spread. Friends had a luxury cruise totally ruined by an outbreak of it. Trip cut short, antiseptic wipes being used all the time - a disaster.

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3 minutes ago, BCram said:

Have you ever had norovirus Islay. It is very unpleasant indeed and on ships it is very easily spread. Friends had a luxury cruise totally ruined by an outbreak of it. Trip cut short, antiseptic wipes being used all the time - a disaster.

I had Norovirus four years ago and it was very unpleasant. Even when I recovered it took me a week to get back to normal. 

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11 minutes ago, BCram said:

I am always amazed at your ability to put a time and place when you recount your experiences. How do you do it? Do you keep a diary and check, or are you just one of these people who remember dates and such like?

 

You are not the first person to have remarked about my ability to remember times and dates. 

I can remember exactly when I had my Norovirus as it was an October Saturday evening and I had been watching a Scotland qualifying football match at Hampden on SKY. 

After the game I took to my bed feeling ill. 

I later woke up, went to use my en-suite toilet and collapsed on my way back to my bed. 

My wife phoned NHS 24 and eventually she spoke to the on-call GP on Islay who advised to give me a pint of diluted black current juice containing a tablespoon of sugar and a teaspoon of salt. My GP told my wife that he was reluctant to visit me as there were only three GP’s on Islay that weekend and he did not want to contract Norovirus. The GP gave my wife his direct phone number and that if I did not improve he would call an ambulance to take to Islay Hospital to be hooked up to a drip. 

The next morning the GP as he was finishing the end of his shift phoned my wife to see how I was doing and as I  was slowly improving he told her to ensure that I kept drinking the pints of diluted black current juice with sugar and salt to put fluids back into me. Eventually at about 10.30pm I got up for a cup of coffee and a piece of toast and butter. 

The diluted black current juice containing sugar and salt had a horrible taste but I had to endure it as it was making me better. 

My bout of Norovirus knocked the stuffing out of me and I took a week to fully recover. 

It was the crew on the MV Hebridean Isles who suffered the Norovirus. 

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