We have cases of Norovirus on our wards. It's one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK, causing diarrhoea and vomiting. It's also known as the 'winter vomiting bug' because of its prevelance in winter, but it can be caught at any time of the year.
If you've had symptoms of Norovirus, please wait at least 72 hours after your symptoms have passed before you visit our wards, to prevent the spread of the virus.
What to do if you have Norovirus
Symptoms typically last two to three days, and you don't usually need to get medical advice unless there's a risk of a more serious problem. The advice is to stay at home to avoid spreading the Norovirus, which is very easily transmitted.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. You need to drink more than usual to replace the fluids lost through vomiting and diarrhoea. Avoid fizzy drinks and fruit juice, as this can make diarrhoea worse.
- Rest and minimise contact with others, to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Treat aches and pains or a raised temperature with paracetamol..
- Eat plain foods such as bread, rice and pasta.
How to prevent the spread of Norovirus
Norovirus can spread very easily. Follow these simple steps to minimise the risk of infecting others.
- Wash your hands regularly while you're ill.
- Stay off work or school for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed. Norovirus can be spread through close contact, touching contaminated surfaces or objects, or eating contaminated food.
- Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. Wash any clothing or bedding, and don't share towels or flannels.
- You don't usually need to visit your GP as there's no specific treatment. Antibiotics won't help, as it's caused by a virus.
- Call 111 or your GP if you're concerned or feel that you need advice.