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Norovirus winter 2023

There has been an increase, nationally and locally, in the number of people with norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, so we are reminding visitors to take extra care when visiting our hospitals.

As a precaution some wards are limiting visits to essential visitors only and where restrictions are in place the ward team will you know on admission. Restrictions are regularly reviewed and are in place to prevent the spread of infection and keep patients and visitors safe.

If you are experiencing any norovirus symptoms, please do not visit patients in our hospitals. All visitors should continue to wear face masks in clinical areas and maintain good hand hygiene throughout their visit to help prevent the spread of infection.

Norovirus is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days. Symptoms often start suddenly and can include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, nausea and headaches. You can usually treat yourself or your child at home. The most important thing is to rest and have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.

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