Preventing the spread of infections

We take infection prevention and control very seriously and this is particularly important during the winter when there are a number of highly contagious illnesses in circulation.

Preventing the spread of norovirus

Norovirus, also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in a few days and can be treated at home.

In a healthcare setting, norovirus can be more serious as the virus is very infectious and can spread quickly via the hands or in the air.

Any person with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not come to a hospital until 48 hours after their symptoms have passed.

In some cases it may be necessary for us to restrict visitors to our inpatient wards and introduce additional infection prevention and control measures to prevent the spread of norovirus.