Sick­ness bug hits hos­pi­tal

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By CHAR­LOTTE DONSON char­lotte.dob­[email protected] @dob­sonMEN

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.

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