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Norovirus? Then stay away

 
Created on 18/10/2016 @ 08:12
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Locals planning to visit hospitals and other healthcare facilities are being reminded to stay away if they have experienced any symptoms of Norovirus.

Sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK. It is highly contagious and can affect people of all ages.

As the winter approaches we expect to see the number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting recorded in the community increasing. With the current demand on health services across Shropshire, it is particularly important that people help to prevent the spread of these illnesses, especially to vulnerable patients.

Dr Patricia O’Neill, Consultant Microbiologist and Director for Infection Prevention and Control at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), said: “Please do not visit hospitals or care homes if you, or the people you live with, have had diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours.

“If you are unsure whether to visit, please feel free to contact the ward nurse before you come into hospital.”

Health officials have asked us to share the following advice to prevent the virus spreading:

·      Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food or eating. If you’re in an NHS facility, pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.

·      Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with Norovirus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.

·      Flush away any faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.

·      Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated with Norovirus. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.

·      Although people usually recover without treatment in 24-72 hours, it is important to stay away from work, school, college or any social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.

You can also find additional information about Norovirus including the symptoms, treatment and prevention from the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/norovirus


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