Appeal to prevent norovirus spread

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NHS TAYSIDE is asking the public and visitors to hospitals in their area for their continuing support to help prevent the spread of winter vomiting bug, which is also known as norovirus, in the hospital.

The winter vomiting bug, which is also called norovirus, is circulating out in communities at the moment. In previous weeks two wards at Ninewells – wards 6 and 18, two wards at Royal Victoria Hospital – wards 4 and 7 and ward 3 at Perth Royal Infirmary had to close to new admissions. The closures were a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus and all appropriate infection control measures were put in place.

Lead Infection Control Doctor for NHS Tayside Dr Gabby Phillips, said: “As is the case in the community at this time, we are also now seeing that seasonal increase in people suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea in our hospitals.

“Visitors can really help us by thinking carefully about visiting relatives and friends while this virus is circulating. We would ask you not to visit if you are feeling unwell and have vomiting and diarrhoea.

“If you are unwell, you must stay at home until you have had no symptoms for 48 hours.

“If you are visiting relatives or friends in the identified wards, please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before going into the ward area and again when you leave.

“Good hand hygiene and making sure you don’t touch any clinical equipment are simple but sensible precautions which can safeguard the health and wellbeing of our patients and help reduce the spread of norovirus.

“We would also ask anyone visiting relatives in identified wards to try to make sure there are only two visitors at a patient’s bedside at any one time.

“There are already posters at the entrances to all the wards identified to remind visitors of the simple steps they can take to help us.

“Please follow these simple steps – it really does make a difference and we really appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation.”