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Visiting Restrictions Lifted at Musgrove Park Hospital - 01 May 2013

Visiting Restrictions Lifted at Musgrove Park Hospital - 01 May 2013

Visiting Restrictions Lifted at Musgrove Park Hospital

Ward visiting restrictions, introduced at Musgrove Park Hospital in October 2012, have today (30 April, 2013) been lifted.

The restrictions were put in place following high levels of norovirus in the community and also following a number of cases of the sickness bug in the hospital.

Norovirus is highly contagious so to help prevent the spread of the bug in the hospital visiting on wards affected with norovirus was restricted to immediate family or close friends only. As schools and nurseries are often affected with outbreaks of norovirus, the hospital also asked children aged 11 and under not to visit patients on any of the wards in the hospital (except children’s and maternity wards) unless absolutely essential.

Normal visiting has now been resumed (visiting hours 2-4pm and 6-8pm with only two visitors at any one time) but the hospital is still asking anyone who has experienced vomiting or diarrhoea in the last 2 days not to visit patients at the hospital.

Norovirus symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting or diarrhoea. Some people may also have a raised temperature, headache, painful stomach cramps and aching limbs. Symptoms usually appear one to two days after a person becomes infected but they can start sooner. The illness tends to clear without treatment and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days.