Infection prevention and control

Infection prevention and control is a priority, to ensure our patients safety. We take infection prevention and control very seriously and this is particularly important during the winter when their 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.

Anyone visiting or working in a hospital without symptoms should always follow good hand hygiene (soap and water) practice when entering or exiting a clinical area.