Infection chiefs make public appeal as virus hits hospital run by Redbridge trust
- Credit: Archant
The first cases of norovirus this winter have been recorded at Queen’s Hospital – and now infection prevention and control chiefs are asking the public to help ensure that it doesn’t spread.
The vomiting virus is highly contagious, and is brought into hospitals every year from the community.
Director of infection prevention and control Dr Ian Hosein is leading the work with staff at Queen’s in Romford and King George in Barley Lane, Goodmayes, reinforcing key practices including optimal hand hygiene.
He is also asking visitors to help keep the wards free of the bug.
“Norovirus is one of the most infectious agents that we face in the NHS,” he said, “and it causes significant disruption to the services hospitals can provide. The virus always begins with spread in the wider community and then it gets into hospitals.
You may also want to watch:
“I am hoping that the public will get behind us and stop more cases coming on to the wards.”
A similar campaign last year was “incredibly successful”, a spokesman for Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) said.
- 1 Residents complain their Ilford street now 'full of crime'
- 2 Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer visits Redbridge on campaign trail
- 3 Ricardo Fuller death: Man charged with murder
- 4 Fire damages Ilford flats
- 5 Loxford and Seven Kings by-election candidates make case for your vote
- 6 Former Ilford South MP opens up on Labour departure in new book
- 7 Sadiq Khan comes to Redbridge ahead of London elections
- 8 Consultation launches on plans to move preschool and open excluded pupils facility at youth centre
- 9 Have you seen Chantel, 15, missing from Ilford?
- 10 Tributes to police officer killed in Ilford on 26th anniversary of death
She added: “We have seen a huge improvement in our A&E performance in recent weeks.
“But losing beds to the winter virus could affect that, and mean that people have to wait longer to be admitted to a ward.
“The number of bed days lost to the virus [last year] fell dramatically, with the hospitals needing to close far fewer beds and wards than normal.”