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Information for visitors
When we experience cases of Norovirus (a sickness and diarrhoea 'bug') we have enhanced infection control procedures that are put into effect on wards where patients are experiencing the symptoms. If measures are in place we will list the affected wards above.
To prevent the spread of infection we restrict patient admissions, transfers, staff access and visiting. When these measures are in place you must:
Not visit if you have diarrhoea and sickness (until you have been free of symptoms for 48 hours)
Wash your hands before you enter; and when you leave
Clean your hands with the hand gel; as you go onto the ward; and as you leave
Have one visitor at a time by the bedside
Do not sit on the beds
Do not bring food and drink in (for you or the patient)
Do not bring babies or children to visit
Visit during allocated times
If you have any questions please ring the ward and ask to speak to the Matron.
With your help we can prevent the spread of infection.
What is Norovirus?
During the autumn and winter it is common for local communities to be affected by an illness called Norovirus, also known as ‘Winter Vomiting Virus’. It affects 600,000 to one million people very year.
This virus can show itself through vomiting, diarrhoea, mild fever, aches and associated flu-like symptoms. For most fit and healthy people it is a very short illness and no medical assistance will be needed. However, it can be much more severe if people are already frail, unwell or have other medical conditions. The virus is easily spread whilst you are symptomatic AND for 48 hours after you have recovered - and it's this that leads to outbreaks in schools, care homes and hospitals.
Outbreaks typically occur in the winter months and can place an enormous strain on NHS resources. There are some simple steps you can take to minimise its spread if you begin to display symptoms: