Norovirus (viral gastroenteritis) is currently circulating within the community with people developing vomiting and/or diarrhoea.
The Trust is aware that some members of the public who have suffered from vomiting and diarrhoea for 48 hours are being advised to visit A&E. The Countess would like to state that this is not the correct advice. Please do not visit the hospital if you are unwell with norovirus symptoms (or have been within the last 48 hours) or have been in contact with someone who is unwell.
If you have norovirus, the following steps should help ease your symptoms:
- Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
- Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains.
- If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest.
- Stay at home and don't go to the doctor, because norovirus is contagious and there is nothing the doctor can do while you have it. However, you may wish to contact your GP by telephone if your symptoms last longer than a few days.
In addition, in order to limit the impact of norovirus within the hospital, we are requesting that visitors adhere to the visiting standards set by the Trust by making sure that no more than a total 2 people visit their relative/friend within the set visiting hours.
Please DO NOT visit any part of the hospital if you are unwell with norovirus.
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