We are approaching the time of year when the instances of people becoming unwell with the ‘Winter Vomiting Disease’ norovirus increases. Symptoms include vomiting (often sudden and “projectile”), raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust advises anyone with symptoms including diarrhoea and/ or vomiting to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus to patients, other people and vulnerable groups in our communities. Although it can be very unpleasant, the illness is generally short-lived and most people make a full recovery within one to two days. If you think you may be affected by norovirus, stay at home and use the symptom checker on the NHS Direct website, which is also available on web-enabled mobile phones. Just go to www.nhs.uk/nhsdirect from any web browser or from your mobile. 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 family doctor or take advice from NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
We would also like to remind everyone of the importance of keeping their hands clean in order to help prevent the spread of infections such as Norovirus. When vising the hospital, or any of the Trust’s sites, please wash your hands thoroughly, using soap and hot water, after using the toilet, before eating and after contact with any patients. Alcohol gels are placed throughout Trust buildings and these should be used regularly.
Thank you for helping to keep infection rates low at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.