Norovirus outbreak spreads to community hospitals

17/02 Updated: 20/02 12:21

PATIENTS with diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms are being reminded to stay at home and follow simple hygiene procedures, following the spread of Norovirus to some community hospitals.

A small number of patients in ward areas at Pershore Hospital and Malvern Community Hospital are suffering with the winter vomiting bug. The cases have been contained and out-patient clinics are operating as usual.

Hospitals across the county continue to remain under increased pressure due to the outbreak of the winter vomiting virus. Wards at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and some care homes in the county have already been affected by the spread of this highly contagious infection.

Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK. It is highly contagious, and affects people of all ages and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. Patients with symptoms of Norovirus such as raised temperature, diarrhoea and vomiting are being reminded to stay at home and follow simple hygiene procedures which can limit the spread of the infection.

Jan Ditheridge, director of delivery Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, said: "We are working very hard to identify and contain cases of Norovirus in our hospitals and ensure that as far as possible the illness is not passed to other patients.

"To prevent the spread of this bug, we ask everyone to take particular care in washing their hands, using warm water and soap, especially before preparing or eating food, after sneezing or coughing, after using the toilet, and if you’ve had contact with anyone who has the bug.

"Wherever possible I would urge patients to stay at home if they are experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms. In most instances Norovirus clears up after 48 hours, so the best thing to do is rest and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. If you do start feeling worse telephone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or your GP for advice."

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