Please don't bring sickness and diarrhoea to the hospital

Posted: June 14, 2016

Please hold off visiting for 48 hours

We're asking friends and relatives not to visit patients if they have experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours or have been in contact with anyone suffering from the symptoms.

Norovirus is a stomach bug which is common in the community and can affect people of all ages.

It can spread quickly in places where there are lots of people, such as hotels, restaurants, nursing homes and schools.

That includes hospitals, but the affects can be much worse because some patients will be particularly vulnerable.

It's therefore best to stay away until the virus has completely gone, which means waiting for a couple of days before visiting.

How you can help

If you're showing symptoms of norovirus please:

  • Don't visit friends or relatives in hospital or in care homes.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, contact your GP or call NHS 111 for advice.
  • Stay away from work or school, until free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.
  • Wash your 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 you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.

The Trust is also asking people not to visit patients in hospital if they are suffering from any other potentially infectious disease, such as flu. 

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