04 February 2013
Visiting times restricted at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Heart Institute
The winter vomiting bug norovirus is circulating in the
community in Bristol. The virus is frequently brought into
hospitals by visitors or patients and is easily spread by contact
with people suffering diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V). There are
three wards currently closed to new admissions due to D&V
across the Bristol Royal Infirmary site.
To help contain the spread of D&V the Trust is currently
restricting visiting to one hour a day between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in
the following areas:
Bristol Royal Infirmary Queen's Building
Bristol Royal Infirmary King Edward Building
Bristol Royal Infirmary Old Building
Bristol Heart Institute
In addition, only two visitors are allowed per bed with no
change of visitors during a visiting session.
Restrictions are under constant review.
James Rimmer, Chief Operating Officer, 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
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