Ward closed af­ter at­tack of novovirus

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VIS­I­TORS to hos­pi­tal are be­ing asked to stay away if they are ill with vom­it­ing or di­ar­rhoea. The call comes af­ter an out­break of norovirus, the win­ter vom­it­ing bug, caused the tem­po­rary clo­sure of Ward 14A at South­port and Formby Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal over Christ­mas.

An­drew Chalmers, con­sul­tant nurse and deputy di­rec­tor of in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion and con­trol, said: “Norovirus is highly in­fec­tious and is cir­cu­lat­ing in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Pa­tients’ friends and fam­ily who have symp­toms of ei­ther di­ar­rhoea or vom­it­ing should not visit the hos­pi­tal un­til they are symp­tom-free for at least 48 hours.

“Also, if the pa­tient you want to visit has these symp­toms, my ad­vice is to de­lay your visit un­til their symp­toms have re­solved.

“In cir­cum­stances where this is not pos­si­ble, please make ar­range­ments in ad­vance of vis­it­ing by tele­phon­ing the ward sis­ter.”

Any­one who has ex­pe­ri­enced sick­ness or di­ar­rhoea in the past 48 hours should stay away from hospi­tals and other health­care providers, as ei­ther a vis­i­tor or a pa­tient, ex­cept in a gen­uine med­i­cal emer­gency.

Symp­toms of norovirus in­clude a sud­den on­set of vom­it­ing and/or di­ar­rhoea.

Some peo­ple may have a tem­per­a­ture, headache and stom­ach cramps.

An­drew added: “Norovirus is short­lived but very un­pleas­ant. You don’t want it and our pa­tients cer­tainly don’t.

“If you’re af­fected, stay at home, drink plenty of flu­ids, wash your hands af­ter us­ing the toilet and prior to eat­ing, and clean or dis­in­fect con­tam­i­nated sur­faces.”

Ward 4A at South­port and Formby Dis­trict Hos­pi­tal was closed for a time over the fes­tive sea­son af­ter an out­break of novovirus

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