Norovirus and Flu Information for Visitors

December 6, 2019

Think NORO

We have confirmed cases of patients with flu at Cirencester Hospital, and norovirus at the Dilke, in the Forest of Dean. If you have relatives in those hospitals, you may be asked not to visit to reduce the spread of infection.

If you are planning to visit patients at any of our hospitals, please remember not to attend if you have any symptoms of either flu or norovirus and contact the wards for advice if you are unsure whether to visit or not.

Help us keep our patients and colleagues infection free this winter.

Advice to avoid the spread of infection:

Both influenza and norovirus are highly infectious. To avoid the spread, please take the following action:

  • Do not visit hospitals, care homes or GP surgeries if you are suffering from symptoms.
  • Once you have been symptom free for at least 48 hours, you are safe to return to work or school and visit relatives in hospitals.
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.
  • Only hand washing will prevent the spread of infection. Most alcohol hand gels do not kill viruses.

 

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