Date of release: Thursday 26th March, 2015
Norovirus has been confirmed on three wards at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.
The two Surgical Assessment Wards and one of the Trauma & Orthopaedics Wards have bays closed because of symptomatic patients. Restrictions on visiting and staff movement from these clinical areas are in place.
None of the affected patients are seriously unwell from this infection. All required patient treatments are continuing as normal.
Some staff members have been affected. Symptomatic staff are excluded from work until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours. Members of the public are reminded that they must not visit the hospital if they have symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting or until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.
The patients on the affected wards and their relatives have been informed and assured that all necessary precautions have been put in place.
Dr M Cooper, Director of Infection Prevention and Control for Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, said: "There have been Norovirus outbreaks and cases reported in the community. We hope that the early detection and our actions will prevent spread to other wards. Scrupulous hand hygiene by all staff and visitors and a high level of environmental cleanliness are the essential measures for controlling this bug. We have restricted the times of visiting and the number of visitors patients will be allowed to have on the affected wards, as this is a highly contagious disease. We hope that patients, relatives and carers understand the reasons for this restriction. Any visitors must decontaminate their hands properly before they leave the ward."
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