Help keep our patients and staff safe

Posted: January 2, 2015

Please don't visit if you have sickness, diarrhoea or flu

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking friends and relatives to refrain from visiting patients if they have experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours or have been in contact with anyone suffering from the symptoms.

There are currently a small number of patients with suspected norovirus at the Great Western Hospital.

To help prevent the virus from spreading new patients will not be admitted to the affected area, until patients have been free from symptoms for at least 72 hours.

Norovirus is very common in the community at this time of year and is easily spread in places such as hospitals, schools, hotels and care homes.

To protect patients and staff, we ask that all visitors to the hospital wash their hands thoroughly before arrival and make use of the alcohol hand gel available outside every ward and unit.

Anyone who has experienced vomiting or diarrhoea, within the last 48 hours, or who has been in contact with someone suffering from these symptoms, should not visit patients in the hospital.

Similarly we ask people not to visit patients in the hospital if they are suffering from any other potentially infectious disease, such as flu. 

People showing symptoms of norovirus should take the following precautions:

  • Don't visit friends or relatives in hospital or 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, ensure personal hygiene is good, particularly hand-washing, 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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