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Norovirus advice for visitors

Good handwashing is key to reducing the spread of Norovirus

Those wanting to visit friends or relatives in one of our hospital/inpatient units should observe the following simple steps to help reduce the spread of Norovirus and other gastrointestinal infections this winter:

Advice for the public when managing a bout of norovirus:

  • Do not visit friends or relatives in hospitals or residential care homes as there is a real risk that you would introduce the infection, putting vulnerable people at risk.
  • Do not visit your GP surgery or local A&E Unit. Norovirus infection is a self-limiting illness and you will recover naturally without treatment. It is, however, important to take plenty of drinks to replace lost fluids.
  • Use NHS Direct's new diarrhoea and vomiting online health and symptom checker, to get advice on how to manage your symptoms at home or help to access the most appropriate health service see the NHS Direct website for further details.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and regularly at all times, but particularly after using the toilet and before eating.

 

Norovirus is highly contagious and can be transmitted by contact with an infected person; by contact with contaminated surfaces or objects or by consuming contaminated food or water. The virus spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes.

Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps. The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects.

Top tip:

GOOD HANDWASHING WITH LIQUID SOAP AND WATER IS THE KEY TO PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF NOROVIRUS.