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Visiting restrictions in place after Norovirus outbreak at Warrington Hospital

Two wards at Warrington Hospital are temporarily closed to admission after an outbreak of the sickness bug Norovirus affected some staff and patients

A statement reads :

"There is Norovirus (commonly known as the winter vomiting bug) present in the community at present and we have now experienced patient and staff sickness relating to this at Warrington Hospital, with two wards closed to admission – ward A4 and ward B18.

The Trust has therefore implemented the following temporary restrictions to visiting arrangements:

Only two visitors per patient on these wards

Babies and school-aged children should not be brought into the hospital, unless under special circumstances, please seek advice from a member of staff

Always observe hand hygiene procedures – liberal use of hand sanitising gel prior to entering wards and use of warm water and soap for hand washing before leaving patient areas

Please do not sit on a patient’s bed or chair please use the visitors’ chairs provided

Please do not be afraid to ask staff if they have washed or cleaned their hands too

Please DO NOT come to the Emergency Department directly with D&V, we cannot treat this in A&E and you risk spreading further infection to already sick patients

You should never come to the hospital to visit a patient if you are experiencing any signs of D&V or had any symptoms in the past 72 hours. Symptoms such as sickness and diarrhoea can be best treated by staying at home, drinking plenty of fluids and getting some rest. Advice is available from your local high-street pharmacist, on line from NHS Choices www.nhs.uk and from the 111 phone service.

Please use alternative methods of contact to speak to your relative or friend if they are in hospital, such as the hospital’s bedside telephone system. If you really can’t postpone your visit please contact the ward for advice prior to coming to the hospital.

Please help us to keep patients in your hospital safe!

Some information on common D&V bugs including Norovirus.

Each year up to one million people across the country are affected by Norovirus. It is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in England and Wales and can affect people of any age. It is very contagious, is spread from person-to-person and through food

Symptoms such as sickness and diarrhoea can be best treated by staying at home, drinking plenty of fluids and getting some rest. Advice is available from your local high-street pharmacist, on line from NHS Choices www.nhs.uk and from the 111 phone service.

Whilst Norovirus is an unpleasant experience, the infection tends to only last between 12 and 60 hours and most healthy people will just need to drink plenty of fluids and rest. However, the illness can have a worse effect on patients in hospital by making them weak and dehydrated and interfering with the effectiveness of the medicines they are taking."

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