At this time of year, the instances of people becoming unwell with the ‘Winter Vomiting Disease’ Norovirus is normally expected to increase. Symptoms include vomiting (often sudden and “projectile”), and/or diarrhoea, raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs. The 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 a few 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.
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) has only seen a few cases of Norovirus so far this Winter. At TRFT we have good infection control practices and patients with Norovirus are managed in an effective way to avoid spread of the infection to other patients. We strongly advise people who are visiting their relatives or friends at TRFT, or any hospitals, to follow the standard hygiene precautions guidance for visitors, such as hand washing, as set out in each clinical area.