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Help Prevent Norovirus

Norovirus is currently circulating in the local community and has recently been the cause of confirmed cases of the virus on several of Wirral University Teaching Hospital's wards.


Members of the public who have been experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours should not visit patients at Wirral University Teaching Hospital until they have been feeling well and symptom free for at least two days. This is vital to promote the safety of vulnerable patients and avoid the spread in hospital.


There is no specific treatment for Norovirus but people can take simple steps to help:


  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Take paracetamol as per instructions.
  • Always wash hands with soap and water before meals and after using the toilet.
  • Keep away from others, especially GP surgeries, Walk-in Centres and hospitals.


To protect patients from the spread of Norovirus all visitors must wash their hands with the soap and water when entering or leaving the wards and departments and must not visit other patients if they feel unwell themselves.


Paul Moore, Acting Chief Nurse at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “We are asking visitors to help prevent Norovirus being brought into the hospital from the community.


“We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance at this time.”