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Publication date:- 2017-02-03

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Poorly visitors asked to stay away from hospital

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VISITORS to hospital are being asked to stay away if they are ill with vomiting, diarrhoea or flu like symptoms. An outbreak of norovirus, a winter vomiting bug, has temporarily closed Ward 10b, at Southport and Formby District General Hospital to new admissions. The Trust has also seen a sharp increase in patients admitted with flu in January.

Andrew Chalmers, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said:- "Both norovirus and flu are highly infectious. Medical complications from flu can be particularly serious for vulnerable people such as those with long term medical conditions or weakened immune systems. Friends and family who suspect they are poorly with either flu or norovirus must not visit patients in hospital unless absolutely necessary. If a visit is essential, please telephone the ward manager first."

Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and / or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.

The illness usually resolves in 1 or 2 days and there are no long term effects. If you are affected, stay at home, drink plenty of fluids, wash your hands after using the toilet and prior to eating, and clean or disinfect contaminated surfaces.

In particular, anyone who has experienced sickness or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours should stay away from hospitals and other healthcare providers, as either a visitor or a patient, except in a genuine medical emergency.

Unlike a cold, flu usually comes on very quickly and symptoms include a temperature, chills, muscle and joint aches, cough, sneezing and a runny nose.

Usually, you can manage flu symptoms yourself at home and there's no need to see a GP. Most people feel better within a week, but call NHS on:- 111 or your contact your GP if the symptoms do not go away.

A sawn off shotgun with ammunition has been recovered

A sawn off shotgun has been recovered from waste land, in Speke, on Friday, 3 February 2017. The weapon was recovered by a street cleaner, who had found it on a small piece of land, at the end of Elloway Road, at round 1.50pm. Police have said that a further search of the area has uncovered a number of spent shotgun cartridges. Enquiries in the local area are ongoing. We are also told that the weapon and ammunition have been sent for forensic examination. Local Police Inspector Andy Wignall said:- "We will continue to work closely with our local partners in our communities. The recovery of this firearm and ammunition is excellent news as it means that it is 1 less weapon on our streets which could be used to cause fear or intimidation. I would urge anyone who has any information about where weapons or ammunition is being stored to contact Merseyside Police on:- 101 or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111."

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