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Visiting restrictions at Hereford County Hospital have been lifted following the reopening of Wye Ward and Frome Ward.
The restrictions had been put in place on Wye Ward and Frome Ward following an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting last week.
Alison Johnson, consultant microbiologist at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “We’re pleased to have re-opened Wye Ward at the weekend and Frome Ward today, following patient cases out of diarrhoea and vomiting last week, with some cases confirmed as the winter vomiting bug Norovirus.
“It still remains very important that any visitors with diarrhoea and/or vomiting do not visit any hospitals in Herefordshire until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
“Please ensure that you practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments, whether you are visiting an inpatient or attending an outpatient appointment.
“We wish to thank patients and visitors for their understanding during this period, whilst these restrictions were in place to protect our patients, as part of a zero tolerance approach to healthcare associated infections”.
There are some simple steps that the public can take to help stop norovirus spreading:
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food. If you’re in an NHS facility pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.
- Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with a norovirus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
- Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.
- Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated with a norovirus. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.
Although people usually recover without treatment in 24-72 hours, it is important to stay away from work, school, college or any social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.
Note to editors:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 2,700 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Assistant 01432 355444 ext. 5105.