May 21 2013 Latest news:
Friday, March 22, 2013
Visiting has been restricted at Norfolk’s main hospital following an outbreak of norovirus.
Officials at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital today confirmed that they were taking extra precautions to protect patients and staff from the winter vomiting bug.
The hospital has restricted visiting at all inpatient wards after six wards were affected by norovirus.
Ngozi Elumogo, director of infection prevention and control, said: “Norovirus is a highly infectious virus which is circulating in the community at this time. Our inpatients are particularly vulnerable and to limit the spread within the hospital we are asking visitors to restrict their visiting to close family members and not to visit more than one ward or to bring in children aged under 12 years. Washing your hands with hot water and soap is also essential for all visitors.”
The hospital had been relatively unscathed by norovirus infections so far this winter.
The bug is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhoea in the UK, affecting 600,000 to one million people every year. The symptoms are severe vomiting and or diarrhoea, but it is generally a short-lived illness from which the majority of people will recover in 12 to 60 hours without treatment other than resting and taking fluids to replace lost liquids.
The advice for people with symptoms is:
Stay away from work, school or college until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.
Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly at all times, but particularly after toilet visits and before eating.
Do not handle or prepare food for other people until you have been symptom free for a minimum period of 48 hours.
Do not visit friends or relatives in hospitals or residential care homes to avoid introducing the infection to environments where it could spread easily and put vulnerable people at greater risk.
Do not visit your GP surgery or local A&E unit.
Do not share towels with others.
If your symptoms persist or appear to be worsening, phone your family doctor or NHS Direct for advice. The NHS Direct number is 0845-4647.