There continues to be a large number of cases of Norovirus in the community at this time of year.
The D&V illness is usually over within 48 hrs, but is highly infectious, which is why the Trust sometimes needs to limit the number of people moving in and out of an affected ward.
When we have to suspend visiting, visiting to maternity wards is not affected. Visiting to children’s wards is restricted to parents/ carers. On those wards affected by restrictions, exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. These visitors are being asked to speak to a member of ward staff on entering the ward.
Director of Nursing, Maggie Arnold said: “We would like to thank people for their patience and help in assisting us to control the spread of the illness. We know that it is hard for our patients as well as their families and friends when we need to restrict visiting. However, these precautionary measures are good infection control practice which protect vulnerable patients and help to control the spread of the illness.”
Maggie Arnold : “We would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals.”
The key campaign messages are:-
- Do not visit healthcare facilities, like hospitals, if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting until two days after symptoms have stopped (even if these were mild symptoms
- Do not visit friends or relatives in hospital if you have recently (within the last three days) been in contact with anyone who has diarrhoea and/or vomiting
- Always wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. You should always do this after using the toilet and before preparing food. This is good practice whether or not you have symptoms
- Do not handle or prepare food for other people until you have been free of symptoms for a minimum of three days
- If you, or someone you care for, needs medical advice call NHS 111. CALL your GP surgery in the first instance