Say No to 'Noro'!
PUBLISHED: 12:23 15 November 2012 | UPDATED: 22:21 20 February 2013
Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital is asking for the public's help in keeping infections under control as we head towards winter.
Tauntons Musgrove Park Hospital is asking for the publics help in keeping infections under control as we head towards winter.
Norovirus the winter vomiting bug is already very active in the community and the hospital is battling outbreaks. Musgroves Medical Director, Colin Close said: Norovirus is a nasty infection, causing acute diarrhoea and vomiting. However, on top of that, its highly contagious. For example, you can fit around 10,000 Norovirus particles on a pin head but you only need to ingest about 10 particles to become infected.
Theres an increased risk of infectious patients being admitted to the hospital at the moment and that means that wards can be closed due to outbreaks, or visiting can be restricted at short notice.
We cant eliminate the infection from our hospital but were doing everything we can to reduce the risk of outbreaks and were keeping our website, and phone lines updated with the latest information for patients and visitors.
In the meantime, everyone can help us say no to Noro by following some simple guidelines, including regularly washing our hands with good old-fashioned soap and water.
How the public can help keep Musgrove free of norovirus:
- Please do not visit the hospital if you, or anyone you have been in contact with has had any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days.
- Please do not visit patients in the wards/areas where there is an outbreak unless it is absolutely essential.
- If you are in doubt whether you should visit, please ring the ward and discuss with the nurse in charge before coming to the hospital (particularly if you are travelling long distance).
- We know that Norovirus is currently very active in the local community and that schools and nurseries are greatly affected. We therefore ask at this time that children aged 11 and under (except on the Children's and Maternity wards) should not visit patients in the hospital unless absolutely necessary.
- If you do visit the hospital, your hands must be washed with soap and water when you arrive at the ward and again when you leave.
Please note that alcohol gel alone is not effective against Norovirus.
For more information please visit tsft.nhs.uk or phone 01823 342611