Weston General Hospital - Norovirus

Date: 24 Nov 2017

Category: Services

The Harptree and Cheddar wards at Weston General Hospital will not be taking new admissions at the present time due to an outbreak of Norovirus.

It has been detected in the two wards and further updates will be issued as the situation changes.

Phil Walmsley, the hospital’s Director of Operations said:

"Norovirus is extremely infectious. It is bought into the hospital from the community and so people coming into the hospital carrying the bug can easily transmit it to our patients. This is why we are urging people only to come here if their visit is absolutely essential. We have also put a number of firm restrictions in place."

The restrictions are:

  • Only people who have an essential visit (people with appointments or needing emergency care) should come to the hospital.
  • Only two visitors are allowed to see a patient at any one time
  • Children under 12 will not be allowed to visit without the express permission of the nurse in charge.
  • Do not come to the hospital if you are feeling unwell with sickness, diarrhoea, fever, sore throat or flu in the last 48 hours.
  • While in the hospital maintain good hand hygiene. Clean hands with alcohol hand rub or soap and water before entering the ward to reduce bringing infections into the hospital.

Visiting hours remain the same: 2:30pm-4:30pm and 6:30 pm-8:30pm.

Health chiefs are also asking anyone experiencing symptoms of Norovirus to stay at home and to telephone NHS 111 for advice.

The highly-contagious bug sees sufferers troubled with sickness and diarrhoea.

A Weston Area Health NHS Trust spokesman said:

"Harptree ward and bay one of Cheddar ward are currently closed to new admissions at Weston General Hospital, and as norovirus is present in the wider community in North Somerset with many people affected by this very unpleasant bug, we are urging visitors to remain vigilant to try and prevent further outbreaks. "
"Please do not visit any of the hospital wards or departments if you have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours."

Anyone who suspects they have norovirus is asked to drink plenty of water, take paracetemol and stay at home. The trust spokesman added:

"Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small children who are vomiting or have diarrhoea from dehydrating, by giving them plenty of fluids."
"Don’t worry if you are pregnant and you get norovirus: there is no risk to your unborn child."

People are reminded to thoroughly wash their hands at this time of year to prevent the illness spreading.

Visit the Weston Area Health Trust website for further information

Norovirus symptoms and advice