Please do not visit if you have Norovirus

Last updated 20-Jan-11 13:25

Norovirus (also know as winter vomiting virus or disease) is very easily spread from person to person. This infection is commonly seen in the community at this time of year.

The Norovirus stomach bug causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea and is very easily spread from person to person. The spread of infection is easiest in places where groups of people are in close proximity for reasonable amounts of time such as residential homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces. 

It is very important that those with any of these symptoms do not come to hospital where this highly infectious illness can be easily spread to vulnerable patients and also to our staff.

If you have any of these symptoms stay at home, rest, drink plenty or fluids and if your symptoms do not get any better after three days please telephone NHS Direct or your GP. Please do not go directly to A&E.

If you have friends or relatives in hospital please do not visit until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours.

In addition, if you are due to come into hospital as a patient or for an outpatient appointment please advise the nurse in charge of your ward or outpatient department of your condition before coming to the hospital. We can assure you that any re-scheduling of your operation, procedure or clinic appointment will not result in a long delay for treatment. 

Find out more about Norovirus symptoms and treatment

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