Warning to avoid hospital visiting as sickness bug on the increase

December 20 2015

INCREASING levels of an unpleasant illness have led to health bosses urging anyone with the symptoms to stay at home and avoid visiting local hospitals.

INCREASING levels of an unpleasant illness have led to health bosses urging anyone with the symptoms to stay at home and avoid visiting local hospitals.
The advice comes as levels of norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, across the South West are going up.
An outbreak at one hospital earlier this year was directly linked to a family member who had been unwell with the virus but had continued to visit.
Infection control experts in South Gloucestershire said anyone with diarrhoea and vomiting should wait at least 48 hours after the symptoms had stopped before visiting hospitals because of the ease with which the virus could spread.
That could have serious implications for vulnerable patients and put extra pressure on already busy hospitals.
Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pains or cramps, headaches, fever and tiredness.
Most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP but it can be more serious for patients who are already weak, resulting in them possibly having to stay in hospital for longer.
Children with norovirus should therefore stay at home until at least two days after they are symptom free so they don’t spread the virus to classmates.
Simple measures to avoid catching or spreading the virus include regular hand washing, avoiding sharing towels and ensuring that surfaces likely to have been touched by an infected person are disinfected.
Anyone with symptoms should not prepare food for others and avoid direct contact with people for at least 48 hours after the symptoms disappear.
They should also drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated and if the symptoms last longer than a few days, or the illness strikes someone already with a serious illness, they should contact their GP.