Norovirus warning for
VISITORS are being asked to stay away
from Hospital if they have recently suffered from vomiting or diarrhoea.
Norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, is circulating in the community and 1 case
was confirmed at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.
A number of beds on wards 7A and 10A where temporarily closed to new
admissions, as a precaution.
Andrew Chalmers, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said:-
"Instances of diarrhoea and vomiting are always investigated when they occur
in hospital. As a precaution we may close bays within wards while we investigate
the cause, which is usually due to a patient's medical condition rather than
Coming to Hospital as a visitor when you are poorly with sickness and diarrhoea
risks spreading germs to patients and staff. Please stay away unless it is
absolutely necessary. If a visit is essential, please telephone the ward manager
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