03 December 2013
Stop the spread – Help your hospitals to beat norovirus this winter
This winter University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
(UH Bristol) is reminding visitors who have relatives or friends in
hospital to avoid visiting the Trust if they have had symptoms of
diarrhoea and vomiting in the previous 48 hours.
The winter vomiting bug norovirus is frequently brought into
hospitals by visitors or patients and is easily spread by contact
with people suffering diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V). If the
virus becomes widely spread bays, wards and units may close and as
a result restricted visiting enforced.
Richard Brindle, director of infection, prevention and control
says: "We do everything we can to prevent and control infection in
our hospitals. We need to remind people to avoid visiting
hospital if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in the
previous 48 hours.
"We understand that people will want to visit family and friends
in hospital, but we are asking people to keep visiting to a minimum
so that we can continue to provide our patients with the best
For more information on norovirus and preventative
measures visit www.uhbristol.nhs.uk
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