Queen Elizabeth Hospital issues instructions in bid to get rid of vomiting bugs

Queen Elizabeth Hospital. PHOTO: IAN BURT.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital. PHOTO: IAN BURT. - Credit: IAN BURT

A hospital is calling on the public to help their drive to get rid of vomiting bugs.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn has had deal with a high number of admissions with the vomiting germ.

People experiencing such symptoms, but who are otherwise healthy, should stay at home, experts say.

Visitors who have experienced diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms in the past 48 hours should also stay at home.

Dr Ian Hosein, interim associate medical director for infection prevention and control, said: “The most common way Norovirus and similar germs are spread is through ingestion.

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“We can eliminate them to the best we possibly can within the hospital but they will keep returning if visitors carry them in.

“I would ask visitors not to bring self-prepared food items into hospital as these items could be contaminated and put patients at risk of getting Norovirus infection.

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“This may then result in ward closures which put the hospital under pressure.”

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