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Musgrove asks visitors to follow winter ward restrictions - 03 January 2014

Musgrove asks visitors to follow winter ward restrictions - 03 January 2014

Visiting restrictions are currently in place at Musgrove Park Hospital due to some isolated cases of the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug Norovirus.

As a result of this we have asked patients and visitors to help keep Musgrove free of Norovirus by observing the following:

  • 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 often 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.

Musgrove’s Medical Director, Dr Colin Close said: “It is particularly important that children aged 11 and under do not visit patients in hospital unless absolutely necessary. This is because we know that junior schools and nurseries are often most affected by norovirus and therefore, attendances by young children will increase the chance of spreading any bugs in Musgrove. We want to look after our patients as well as we can and these restrictions play and important role in helping us do that this winter.”