Infection control advice 

We ask 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.

We also ask people not to visit patients in hospital if they are suffering from any other infectious disease, such as flu.


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.

You can still pass it to others for up to two days after symptoms have cleared. So, even if you're feeling better, if you've experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours or have been in contact with anyone else with the symptoms, please don't come into hospital.

If you're suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea

  • 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.

How you can help us reduce infections

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before meals
  • Use alcohol hand gel outside every ward and department
  • Ask the staff caring for you whether they have cleaned their hands - they really do not mind
  • Please tell a member of staff if you see a spill or something which needs cleaning up
  • Please do not sit on another patient's bed
  • If you're having a planned operation and you know you will be staying overnight, please bring toiletries with you such as soap and a clean flannel and towel. Men should bring their own razor.
  • When you're in hospital try to keep your locker top and table as tidy as possible so that our cleaning staff can clean effectively.

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