The common sickness and diarrhoea bug, norovirus, is circulating in the community. Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is urging the public to do the right thing and not to visit their loved ones in hospital if they have had symptoms.
For most people, norovirus is an unpleasant stomach bug that lasts a couple of days. For vulnerable patients who have compromised immunity or the very young and the very old, it can be harmful which is why we have a tough approach to tackling it.
Richard Catlin, Assistant Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “Norovirus is something we take extremely seriously. It is something that has the potential to spread very rapidly.
“Admission staff are vigilant to the signs and symptoms of norovirus so we can isolate patients immediately to prevent further infections. Staff in wards and departments also look out for the signs and symptoms so that patients can be identified and managed as soon as possible.
“It is with regret that we have had to suspend visiting on a number of our wards due to norovirus. This is not a decision we take lightly but is always in the best interests of our patients. We are asking people to please bear with us and understand that the welfare of our patients is paramount.
“Visitors are advised not to come into the hospital if they have had symptoms of norovirus, such as sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours.”
In the interests of patients, we have temporarily suspended visiting on the following wards*:
*Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis, phone the ward for further advice via switchboard 01204 390390
Norovirus symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
People are advised to follow these simple steps to help:
Take plenty of fluids
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water
Keep yourself away from others – especially from GP surgeries or hospitals
If your symptoms continue for more than two days seek advice from NHS 111 by calling 111 on your phone or visit the NHS website for further information.
For non-emergencies, people can contact NHS 111 for further advice by calling 111.