Bottled water initiative introduced to stop Norovirus spreading at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.; PHOTO: IAN BURT

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn.; PHOTO: IAN BURT - Credit: IAN BURT

Bottled water has been introduced at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn to prevent the spread of Norovirus with encouraging results.

In December, bottled water was distributed to every ward affected by Norovirus. Following positive feedback from staff and patients, bottled water is now provided on every ward.

Doctor Ian Hosein, interim associate medical director for Infection Prevention and Control, said: “Patients like having their own bottle, it’s more personal and improves the patient’s experience.

“Ultimately, this initiative continues to play a key role in improving safety and decreasing the chance of Norovirus spreading on wards.

“We are asking the public to play a part too by not bringing their own bottled water or food into the hospital for their family and friends staying with us.

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“Viruses like Norovirus do not start in the hospital, they are brought in. By eliminating the risk of outside germs entering the hospital we reduce the risk of such viruses from spreading here.

“The use of bottled water with a lid protects the fluid and drinking spout, further reducing the risk of germs spreading.”

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