King George Hospital trust: ‘First signs’ of winter vomiting bug emerge
PUBLISHED: 08:57 19 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:49 19 September 2014
The first signs of winter vomiting bug norovirus have been recorded in Redbridge.
Key points to bear in mind
• If you get symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea, do not come into hospital to see your friends or relatives. You may be contagious. The virus continues to shed from you even after you feel better so leave at least two days after you have stopped feeling unwell before you consider coming into hospital as a visitor.
• Bringing in food for relatives in hospital could lead to an outbreak, so please be very hygienic if you are preparing this food at home.
• Hands must be washed when you get to our hospitals, and when you leave, at sinks on the wards. Alcohol gel is not effective against norovirus, but it can be washed off the hands with soap and water.
• Use the alcohol gel provided frequently, as this is effective against many other organisms. Dispensers are located throughout the hospitals.
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT), which runs King George in Goodmayes and Queen’s in Romford, has issued public health advice to help prevent the bug spreading.
The trust said it had recorded a case of norovirus, the most common stomach virus in the UK, on a ward at its Romford hospital.
Director of infection prevention and control Dr Hosein said: “Norovirus is one of the most infectious agents that we face in the NHS, 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.
“I am hoping that the public will get behind us and stop more cases coming on to the wards.”
BHRUT said a similar campaign in previous winters had proved “incredibly successful”.
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