23 February 2012
Visiting times back to normal at Bristol Royal Infirmary Old Building
Visiting times at the Bristol Royal Infirmary Old Building have
returned to normal (6.30pm to 8pm) after being restricted to one
hour a day due to Norovirus.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol)
is reminding people to avoid visiting the Trust if they have had
symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in the previous 48
Christine Perry, director of infection prevention and control at
UH Bristol, says: "Norovirus continues to be prevalent in the
community and one ward is closed in the King Edward Building due to
Norovirus. So even though we have been able to return to normal
visiting hours it is essential that visitors to our hospitals
continue to avoid visiting if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea
and vomiting in the previous 48 hours."
Dr Hugh Annett, director of public health in Bristol, said:
"Norovirus is frequently brought into hospitals from the local
community and is easily spread by contact with people suffering
diarrhoea and vomiting who may have contaminated the environment.
Symptoms appear 12 to 48 hours after exposure to the virus and can
last for up to three days. The virus can spread just by
touching something contaminated - like a door handle.
"The virus is particularly damaging for young people, those with
compromised immune systems and the elderly."
Do not visit your GP surgery or local A&E unit with symptoms
of Norovirus. Norovirus is a 'self-limiting' illness meaning you
will recover naturally without treatment. It is important to
drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids. lf your symptom
persist phone your GP out-of-hours or NHS Direct for
NHS Direct is available 24 hours a day on: 0845 4647
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