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NHS says 'think before you visit' to stop the spread of Norovirus

With the winter vomiting bug (“Norovirus”) on the rise in the community, healthcare professionals at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust are asking visitors to Lewisham Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital to help them protect patients from the virus.

                                                                                                                                                    

Debbie Flaxman, Deputy Director of  Infection Prevention and Control / Consultant Nurse, said:

 

“We are asking all of our visitors to help us to protect our patients by keeping norovirus out of our hospitals.

 

“This means staying at home if you have a cold, infection or diarrhoea and vomiting – and only visiting when you have been symptom free for 72 hours.  All visitors must also wash hands or use the gel provided within the ward areas when visiting patients.”

 

Norovirus is a highly contagious infection that can put patients at risk and places great strain on health services. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you would like more information about Norovirus please visit:

www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Symptoms.aspx

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