In winter, the number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting increases in the local community. The Trust is currently dealing with a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, including the ‘winter vomiting bug’ Norovirus, across six wards. To help prevent the spread of the illness, we ask visitors to only visit a family member or friend at the hospital if this is essential.
The Trust has the following advice for people who feel that their visit to the hospital is essential.
We ask that no children visit the hospital unless they have an appointment and that all visitors adhere to ward visiting times. We encourage all visitors to the hospital to follow our good visitors guide and infection prevention guidelines. These include:
- Strictly no more than two visitors per bed
- Visitors not sitting on patients’ beds
- Visitors washing their hands with soap and water and using alcohol gel
- Visitors refraining from visiting if they currently have or have had symptoms or have been in contact with a person with symptoms within the last two days.
Symptoms may include vomiting (often sudden or ‘projectile’), and/or diarrhoea. The Trust advises anyone with symptoms to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus to patients, other people and vulnerable groups in our communities.
Although it can be unpleasant, the illness is generally short-lived and most people make a full recovery within one or two days. If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, if you are a senior citizen or have a long-term condition making you particularly vulnerable to infection, you can contact your GP or take advice from NHS 111.
Sticking to infection prevention guidelines at home – in particularly keeping hands clean and washing them regularly with soap and water – can help to reduce your chances of catching these viruses or spreading them to others.