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Salisbury District Hospital protects patients and staff from seasonal infections 

Staff at Salisbury District Hospital are asking visitors and relatives not to come into hospital during the autumn and winter months if they have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu like’ symptoms over the last few days prior to an intended visit.

 

 

 

 
 

The request is part of the Trust’s normal plans and helps staff protect patients from infection by reducing the potential for the viruses that cause ‘winter vomiting’ to take hold on hospital wards.

 

Tracey Nutter, Director of Infection Prevention and Control said: “Although we have good infection prevention and control measures within the hospital, it’s important that we take every opportunity to reduce any potential risk to patients and staff.”

 

“Asking visitors to think carefully about whether they need to come into hospital if they have experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms is just one of the ways in which the Trust has managed in previous years to keep the number of cases down at Salisbury District Hospital, with few patients affected.”

 

“We know that sometimes visitors feel they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives. However, if they themselves have been unwell they could be putting others at risk, so notices will be placed at ward entrances to provide advice. If you’re unsure whether to visit, please feel free to contact the ward nurse before you come into hospital.”

 

“The GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647 should be able to provide advice if symptoms are prolonged and people are worried. They will also be able to provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting such as children under the age of five or the elderly. Ends

 

Notes to Editors:

 

Winter vomiting is the term that has been used to cover the noroviruses such as the Norwalk virus. Norovirus is a frequent cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community and can cause gastro-enteritis. Transmission occurs by vomiting, faecal or oral spread or the consumption of contaminated food. As there is a 15-48 hour incubation period it can be difficult to detect in the early stages before diarrhoea and vomiting actually starts. Typically, the illness can last between 12 to 60 hours. There is also a 48-hour period following the last physical signs of symptoms where someone could still be infectious.

 

If you would further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170

 
 
Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:06 
Printed from Salisbury NHS Foundation Website http://www.salisbury.nhs.uk