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Norovirus (Winter vomiting bug) prevention measures in place at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

People with suspected Norovirus symptoms are being asked to stay away from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn due since this could lead to outbreaks of the infection.

The hospital currently has one ward closed with patients displaying symptoms, this causes disruption and is unpleasant for those patients, whilst also posing a risk to other patients and staff. Infection prevention control measures are being reinforced on all wards to prevent spread.

Visitors can join the fight against this virus by following some simple precautionary measures:

  • Wash hands when entering the hospital in the new sinks provided, when entering a ward and when leaving the hospital,
  • Do not take any food or drink onto hospital wards,
  • Report to the nurse in charge of any ward visited as you enter,
  • Stay away from the hospital entirely if you have experienced symptoms of Norovirus in the last 72 hours.

Symptoms of the virus include vomiting and diarrhoea, slight fever, headaches and stomach cramps.

Dr Ian Hosein, the Trust’s Director of Infection Prevention and Control said:

“People are asked to be vigilant and can help us to care for our patients by staying away if they are unwell. We would also ask all other visitors to our wards to report to the nurse in charge before going onto the wards.”