Help us protect patients, staff and visitors

Posted: April 11, 2014

Cases of Norovirus found at Great Western Hospital

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking friends and relatives not to visit the Great Western Hospital if they have experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours or have been in contact with anyone suffering from the symptoms. Cases of norovirus have been found in the hospital and staff are working hard to attempt to contain the virus.

Dr Guy Rooney, Medical Director, said: "Even though winter is over, norovirus is still prevalent in the community. Please help us protect patients, staff and other visitors, by washing your hands thoroughly and using the alcohol hand gel available outside every ward and department. Anyone who has experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours or who has been in contact with anyone else with the symptoms should not to visit the hospital."

Norovius is a common stomach bug which can affect people of all ages and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It is common in places with lots of people, such as hotels, restaurants, nursing homes and schools.

People showing symptoms of norovirus should take the following precautions:

  • Don't visit friends or relatives in hospital or in care homes
  • Drink plenty to replace lost fluids. If symptoms persist more than 48 hours phone your GP for advice.
  • Stay away from work or school, until free of symptoms for at least 48 hours
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly, particularly after toilet visits and before eating
  • Stay at home and avoid contact with others where possible
  • Don't handle or prepare food for other people until symptom free for at least 48 hours.

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