Sickness bug hits hospital
A WINTER vomiting bug has hit Stepping Hill Hospital.
People suffering with the bug, known as Norovirus, are being urged to stay away from the hospital for 48 hours to avoid contamination.
A post shared on Stockport NHS Trust Foundation’s Facebook page said: “Norovirus – the ‘winter vomiting bug’ – has hit Stockport.
“Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and cramps.
“It is usually over in a few days, but it’s highly infectious, so everyone needs to wash their hands carefully to help stop the spread, and if you think you have it, please stay clear of hospital for at least 48 hours.”
The outbreak of Norovirus comes as the hospital’s A&E unit grapples with high demand.
All emergency departments in Greater Manchester have reported being ‘extremely busy’ since the weekend.
On Monday, the Royal Bolton Hospital was on ‘black alert’ – also known as OPEL 4 – due to soaring demand.
The status is declared when a hospital is ‘unable to deliver comprehensive care’ and patient safety is at risk.
An outbreak of Norovirus can be highly disruptive for hospitals, and can result in visiting hours being restricted or temporarily stopped.
According to NHS England, the main symptoms which start suddenly within one to two days of being infected are: Feeling sick (nausea) diarrhoea, being sick (vomiting), a high temperature of 38C or above, a headache, aching arms and legs
Norovirus is spread through close contact with someone with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them then touching your mouth or eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus.
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading.