New Year brings new Norovirus

Visiting to a Norfolk hospital ward is being restricted as of today following the fresh introduction of the winter stomach bug to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The virus has been brought on to Elsing Ward over recent days and as a result visiting on that ward is now restricted to:

  • Between 2pm to 4pm
  • No children under 16
  • Immediate family members only

Matron Sian Watkins said: “We would urge that no-one should visit hospital if they have the stomach bug or have been in contact with someone who's had the bug in the previous three days. We are still getting visitors coming to the wards who are actually suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, they are still contagious and the virus does spread very easily.”

In addition, everyone coming on to a hospital ward should wash their hands with hot, soapy water when entering and leaving the ward. Alcohol gels are also avilable at ward entrances and exits. Alcohol gel helps beat bacteria but not viruses. Viruses are best tackled by thorough handwashing with hot, soapy water. 

The Norovirus infection, also known as gastroenteritis or the winter vomiring virus, affects up to one million people in the UK every year. It is easily spread, affects people with diarrhoea and vomiting for around 24 – 48 hours. The bug has no long-lasting effects and the main risk it represents is one of dehydration.

Wednesday 5th of January 2005 03:00:39 PM