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CONTINUING CASES OF DIARRHOEA AND VOMITING

Staff at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust are aware that there continue to be a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting circulating in the community and are therefore advising Islanders to think twice before visiting clinical areas.

Those who have had cases of D&V in the past 48 hours should stop visiting patients, relatives or friends at the hospital, other health care facilities such as GP surgeries, health clinics and nursing homes and any other places where people are vulnerable e.g. residential care homes.

Dr Mark Pugh, Executive Medical Director at Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

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“We would ask members of the public who have had diarrhoea and vomiting to stop visiting unless they have been clear of the symptoms for at least 48 hours. Everyone visiting the hospital or other healthcare facility for any reason is encouraged to make use of the hand gel and hand washing facilities provided. This is not only to protect patients who are vulnerable, but also our staff who are needed to deliver our services.”

It is vital that anyone who is feeling unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, planning to visit their friend or relative in hospital, nursing or a residential home, stays at home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop to avoid the spread of infection. Keeping hydrated and drinking plenty of fluids is very important, particularly for the elderly and the very young that are most at risk.  If the symptoms persist, telephone NHS 111.

Further details of symptoms are available on the NHS Choices website at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gastroenteritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx.

Good hygiene is important during outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting as it is highly contagious. To prevent becoming infected it is very important to wash your hands with soap and water after you have been around someone who is ill.  Thorough cleaning of hard surfaces with a bleach solution, paying particular attention to the toilet and toilet area will help to reduce the spread of the virus.

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