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For those members of the public that do visit the hospital, they must not have been sick or had diarrhoea in the last 72 hours or been in close contact with someone who has. They are also asked to ensure they wash their hands with soap and water before entering the hospital. Alcohol gel is not effective against norovirus.
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It is important to note that if it is an emergency or life threatening situation, people should attend the Emergency Department as normal. However, members of the public are urged not to come to the Emergency Department if they have diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms, unless they need emergency medical treatment.
New cases of norovirus leads to extended ward closures at Lancaster hospital From The Westmorland Gazette
The norovirus illness affects up to a million people in the UK each year and does not last long and people usually recover between 12 and 60 hours without treatment other than rest and lots of fluids. It is found in the community and is easily transmitted. The bug affects schools, workplaces and other areas where groups of people are in close proximity, such as hospitals.
"This decision has not been taken lightly as we know it will be frustrating for people who have friends and family in hospital but we have a duty of care to protect the wellbeing and safety of our patients and staff, and this has to be our main priority.
If this is the case, the public are asked to call ahead to the ward to arrange visiting For maternity, neonatal and paediatric services, only the parents or one guardian of a sick child are asked to attend the wards.
Juliet Walters, Chief Operating Officer, said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their support so far. We understand that it is inconvenient for some but our usual infection control methods need to be supplemented with the continued assistance of the public to help control and resolve the outbreak.
In order to protect other family members, siblings are being asked not to come to wards. However, the trust appreciates that this may not be possible for some families and would ask in these circumstances, visitors called the wards ahead of their visit.
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"Our staff are working extremely hard to deal with this outbreak quickly and this decision will help us return services to normal as soon as possible. To help us achieve this, we would appreciate the on going co operation of the public.
The trust understands that there may be extenuating circumstances where members of the public need to visit loved ones, such as if they are seriously ill.
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"We will continue to keep the public up to date and issue a further update on Monday."
widely reported that the levels of this bug are 83 per cent higher nationally than last year. There is also a huge increase of the bug in the community and we believe that members of the public who are coming into the hospital, carrying the bug or similar bugs sometimes without knowledge may Burberry Bags London
"By reducing the number of people coming into our hospital, we can reduce the risk of norovirus spreading to further wards.
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