UPDATE - Norovirus in the local community and at Arrowe Park Hospital
27 April 2017
Norovirus in the community and Arrowe Park hospital update
Norovirus is currently circulating the local community and has affected a number of wards at Arrowe Park Hospital.
So they can urgently interrupt the spread of this highly contagious sickness bug, regrettably visiting is temporarily suspended at Arrowe Park Hospital’s main building.
The safety of patients is paramount and it is never an easy decision to make but this will help contain the spread of this highly contagious bug.
As we begin preparations for the forthcoming Bank Holiday weekend, Wirral University Teaching Hospital is also asking the public to ‘do the right thing’ and ensure they do not bring Norovirus into the hospital if they attend our Emergency Department.
Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “It is with regret that we have had to suspend visiting to the main building of Arrowe Park Hospital. This is not a decision we take lightly but is always in the best interests of our patients. We are asking people to please bear with us while we are dealing with this current outbreak.
“We appreciate this may upset some family and friends but hope that loved ones will understand that this is in the best interests of our patients.
“People are also advised not to come into the Emergency Department if they have had symptoms of Norovirus, such as sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours, unless it is a genuine emergency. Our medical teams are working tirelessly to provide our patients with the best possible care and priority must be given to those in most urgent need.
“I would like to thank people for their patience while we care for our patients at this time.”
Norovirus symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.
People are advised to follow these simple steps to help:
- Take plenty of fluids
- Wash your hands regularly
- Keep yourself away from others - especially from GP surgeries or hospitals
If your symptoms continue for more than two days seek advice from NHS 111 by calling 111 on your phone or visit the NHS Choices website for further information.
For non-emergencies, people can contact NHS 111 for further advice by calling 111.