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Help keep your hospital healthy this winter - 26 November 2013

Help keep your hospital healthy this winter - 26 November 2013

Musgrove Park Hospital is asking for the public’s help to reduce the risk of hospital outbreaks of the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug ‘Norovirus’.

Although the hospital currently has no outbreaks of Norovirus at the moment it can very quickly be brought in by people who have had the illness out in the community, and once any person in the hospital is affected it spreads rapidly to others.

That is why the hospital is asking everyone coming to Musgrove Park Hospital, as a patient, carer or visitor, to make it their responsibility to ensure they do not bring an illness in with them, and that they follow good hand hygiene processes when they are with us.

Musgrove’s Medical Director, Dr Colin Close said: “Norovirus is highly contagious and very unpleasant for those who get it. It spreads rapidly and so we are asking all members of the public to think very carefully before coming to Musgrove if they have been unwell.

“Norovirus circulates in our community during the winter months and it only takes a single person to bring the infection into the hospital and for it then to severe visiting restrictions put in place and vital operations cancelled.

“We know that we may not be able to prevent Norovirus from getting in to our hospital completely this winter, but we are trying to do all we can to limit the risk and are asking you all to help us. We are keeping our website, www.tsft.nhs.uk and phone lines updated with the latest information for patients and visitors.”

How you the public can help keep Musgrove free of Norovirus (winter vomiting & diarrhoea):

    • Please do not visit the hospital if you have had any diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous two days.

    • If visiting in the hospital please clean your hands thoroughly with alcohol gel at the entrance to every ward or department.  

    • We know that junior schools and nurseries are the first to be affected with Norovirus. We therefore ask that from now on, and until the spring, children aged 11 and under do not visit patients in the hospital (except on the Children's and Maternity wards) unless it is absolutely necessary.

    • Visiting on wards affected with Norovirus will be restricted to close family and friends only. Information on any wards affected is available on the hospital website. If you do visit wards where there is Norovirus your hands must be washed thoroughly with soap and water before you leave the ward .

    • Please note that alcohol gel alone is not effective against Norovirus.