Norovirus alert at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn
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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital at King’s Lynn is urging people to stay away if they have suffered diarrhoea or sickness after experiencing a surge in patients attending with Norovirus symptoms.
The Trust is asking visitors who have suffered diarrhoea and sickness in the previous 72 hours to stay away.
Dr Ian Hosein, associate medical director for infection prevention and control, said: “It’s important to let people know that Norovirus is principally a food borne infection.
“I would ask visitors to please not bring self-prepared food items into our hospital.
“They could be accidentally contaminated with the virus which puts patients at risk of getting the infection.
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“Looking after patients with Norovirus means we sometimes have to close areas to stop the virus spreading, which naturally puts the hospital under further pressure.
“Any support you can give in preventing more cases by washing your hands properly not bringing food into hospital and not visiting if you’ve been poorly in the previous 72 hours will be a significant help.”
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The Trust is calling on help from the public after experiencing a number of recent admissions with the vomiting germ.
It also wants to stress that the only effective way to remove the virus is to thoroughly wash your hands and said alcohol gels and hand sanitiser do not get rid of the Norovirus.