Monday 14 January 2013 Updated: 15/01 11:52
A BAN on visitors has been put in place at Worcestershire Royal Hospital as norovirus continues to put extreme pressure on patient services.
The strict restrictions are across all wards except for outpatients, intensive care, paediatrics and maternity as a precautionary measure to protect patients and visitors.
Trust bosses say all three Worcestershire Acute Hospitals are continuing to make significant progress in bringing norovirus under control, thanks to the vigilance of hospital staff and the understanding and co-operation of the public.
But there are still cases where relatives and friends have brought the bug into hospital because affected people haven’t stayed away long enough to be clear of the infection.
Stewart Messer, Chief Operating Officer said: “Norovirus is very common during the winter months. We have taken the step to stop all visiting across the hospital to reduce the spread of this virus.
“There is no specific treatment for norovirus apart from letting the illness run its course. Good hand hygiene is the best way to prevent the infection, making sure you wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and before and after meals."
“We now have Deprox machines in-house, enabling staff to use hydrogen peroxide vapour to clean areas affected by norovirus more efficiently.”
For advice telephone your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 rather than risk transmitting the infection further.
Exceptional visiting can be arranged by prior agreement with the ward manager. Contact 01905 763333 for more information.
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