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Got Diarrhoea or Vomiting? Please Don't Visit Anyone in Hospital

Friday, December 14, 2018

One of Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Consultant Microbiologists has issued a call for people experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting not to visit patients in our hospitals due to an increase in the incidence of norvirus in the community. 

Dr Aleksandra Marek said: “Norovirus typically has a sudden onset and can spread quickly.  

“Most people will recover from the virus within 24 or 48 hours. However, when people are very ill for other reasons, it can be more difficult for them to cope with diarrhoea and vomiting. 

“I’d urge hospital visitors to remember the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises when visiting ill relatives or friends in the hospital.” 

People can help limit the spread of the virus by a few simple steps: 

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
  • Do not share towels and flannels.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and keep the surrounding toilet area clean.
  • Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce. 

ENDS 

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email press.office@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

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