People with suspected Norovirus symptoms are being asked to stay away from The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn since this could lead to outbreaks of the infection.
The hospital currently has several areas restricted 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,
- No more than 2 visitors per bed and only visiting if necessary.
Symptoms of the virus include vomiting and diarrhoea, slight fever, headaches and stomach cramps.
Glynis Bennett – Lead Nurse for IP&C said “People are asked to be vigilant and can help us to care for our patients by staying away if they are unwell or have been in contact with those that are unwell. We would also ask all visitors to our wards to report to the nurse in charge before going onto the wards. Please only visit if necessary and keep visitors to a maximum of 2 per bed. We thank you for your assistance in protecting our patients.”