Spread the word, not the virus

Posted: March 16, 2016

Help us protect against norovirus

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 at this time of year 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.

While present all year round, norovirus and its associated symptoms are more common during the colder months of the year between October and March, especially in busy public places such as schools, hotels and hospitals.

To ensure that as few patients as possible develop this infection, Neptune Ward at the Great Western Hospital has not been receiving new patients since the end of last week, when it was confirmed that some patients had norovirus-like symptoms.

New patients are now being cared for in other wards and it is hoped that Neptune will be fully operational as soon as possible, but not before there has been no signs of norovirus for at least 72 hours.

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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