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Norovirus closes hospital's Corbiere ward

14 December 2012

Corbiere ward in the hospital has been closed to new admissions to help stop the spread of norovirus.

Patients with norovirus-type symptoms are being isolated and hospital staff are working hard to reduce the impact of norovirus across the services.

A small number of health staff are ill with norovirus and are away from their duties to help prevent further spread. Bartlett Ward, which was also closed due to norovirus, re-opened on 3 December. 

Visiting patients at the hospital

If you have had vomiting and diarrhoea, or have been in contact with someone who has, please do not visit patients at the hospital - especially over the weekend.

If you have been well and would like to visit someone at the hospital, you should only visit the area where the patient is. Please avoid other areas of the hospital.

Frequent hand-washing

You can help stop the spread of norovirus by:
  • washing your hands frequently using soap and water
  • making sure your hands are thoroughly cleaned after going to the toilet and before preparing food
  • avoiding hand gels - these are not effective against norovirus 

Work-place hygiene

Catering and toilet facilities in any establishments should be cleaned thoroughly and regularly even if there is no reported illness.

If you have norovirus symptoms - vomiting and diarrhoea - don't go to work, the hospital or your GP as you risk spreading the virus.

Antibiotics are ineffective against it, as they are against any viral infections. 

You can find out more about norovirus, including what you should do if you've got symptoms, and how to help stop the spread, by following the link below. 


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