Norovirus - The Do's and Don'ts

Prof Alison McCallum, Director of Public Health and Health Policy speaks to David Ridd about norovirus, How to avoid getting it and actions to stop the spread of the infection.
 
If you are visiting a friend or relative in hospital please remember to:
 
  • Make sure your hands are clean. This is one of the most important ways to stop infections spreading. Please wash your hands when entering or leaving hospital wards.
  • Don’t visit if you are feeling unwell. Patients can be more susceptible to infections than those who are generally well. If you aren’t well enough to visit you are welcome to phone the ward.
  • Don’t visit until 48 hours after vomiting or diarrhoea. If you have vomiting or diarrhoea you should not visit patients in hospital until 48 hours after your symptoms have stopped. This is important because you may be infectious for up to 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped. Don’t prepare or bring in food unless this has been agreed with the Nurse in Charge.
 
For more information about norovirus select the following link. http://www.nhsinform.co.uk/Health-Library/Articles/N/norovirus/introduction
21/11/2013
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