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Norovirus can cause diarrhoea, vomiting and fever, and usually lasts for about 24 - 48 hours. The virus can occur in both the community and hospitals, usually during colder months, however, it can happen throughout the year.

No one group is particularly at risk from the virus, although it spreads more quickly where people are in close contact with each other, such as schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes.

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Are you suffering from:

Viral infections such as norovirus and influenza (flu)?

Symptoms of an infectious illness (diarrhoea and/or vomiting, fever and/or symptoms of flu)?

Yes I have norovirus or infectious illness

Do not enter the hospital

  • By doing so you may pass the virus on to patients and members of staff

  • If you are worried call your GP or NHS 111
No I do not norovirus or infectious illness

Welcome to our hospital

  • Please use hand sanitiser regularly to help reduce the spread of infection


Visiting relatives in hospital 

Our wards can be closed or restricted at short notice due to infection, for example Norovirus, which can spread easily. 

Our advice is to always call ahead before visiting to speak to the nurse in charge or the patients’ named nurse to ask about visiting and whether there are restrictions in place on the ward you would like to visit. Sometimes there are restrictions on bays but not on entire wards, and we manage visiting these areas on a case by case basis.

If you or a close family member have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting, please stay away from hospital until you have been back to normal for at least 48 hours as you may still be infectious

Hospital appointments or admissions 
If you have an appointment at a clinic or are due to come into hospital please contact the area to see if your appointment is urgent, or if it can be rescheduled until you are feeling better 

If you have any concerns, then please ask the nurse-in-charge of the ward or contact the Infection Prevention team on: 0116 258 5448