Norovirus in the local community and at Arrowe Park Hospital
26 April 2017
Norovirus is currently circulating the local community. We are urging the public who have had symptoms of this highly contagious bug not to visit loved ones in the hospital.
We have temporarily suspended visiting on four wards at Arrowe Park Hospital due to Norovirus. The wards affected are:
- Ward 19
- Ward 26
- Ward 32
- Ward 33
So we can contain the spread of this highly contagious bug, Wirral University Teaching Hospital is asking the public to ‘do the right thing’ and ensure they do not bring Norovirus into the hospital.
Gaynor Westray, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, said: “It is with regret that we have had to suspend visiting on three of our wards due to Norovirus. 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.
“Visitors are advised not to come into the hospital if they have had symptoms of Norovirus, such as sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours.
“People are also urged not to come into our Emergency Department if they have had Norovirus symptoms unless it is a genuine emergency.”
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.