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NOROVIRUS CONFIRMED AT ST MARY’S HOSPITAL

UPDATED: The Isle of Wight NHS Trust say they aware that a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting are circulating in the community and that Norovirus is reported on a ward at St Mary’s Hospital.

Visitors to the hospital and other health care facilities such as GP surgeries, health clinics and nursing homes should be aware that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends.

Visits to wards at St Mary’s should only be made if essential and potential visitors are encouraged to call before traveling to check the latest position.

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

“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 www.nhs.uk and at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/gastroenteritis/Pages/Introduction.aspx.

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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.

UPDATE MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER – The Isle of Wight NHS Trust say Norovirus is now reported on 2 additional wards at St Mary’s Hospital.

Visits to Colwell and Whippingham wards at St Mary’s should only be made if essential, and potential visitors are encouraged to call before traveling to check the latest position.  Luccombe Ward which was reported with a case last week is now clear of norovirus.

Visitors to the hospital and other health care facilities are advised that it is vitally important for those who have been unwell with vomiting and/or diarrhoea recently, especially if they have had these symptoms in the past 48 hours, to stop visiting patients, relative or friends.

Originally published 8th December 2016, updated 12th December 2016

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