Press release – 8 May 2019
Visiting restrictions Frome Ward Hereford County Hospital and important reminder to visitors
Visiting to Frome Ward at Hereford County Hospital has been stopped due to cases of Norovirus, which has been brought onto the ward by a visitor.
Visiting has been stopped to prevent the further spread of diarrhoea and vomiting which is affecting some patients.
Alison Johnson, consultant microbiologist at Hereford County Hospital, said: “Relatives, carers or anyone with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should not visit wards or any areas of our hospitals until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.
“This kind of outbreak can put vulnerable patients at risk and cause unnecessary illness for other patients who we are caring for.
“Visitors to all areas of the hospital are requested to practice good hand hygiene and use the alcohol gels available in all wards/departments in order to prevent any further spread of infection”.
The Trust wishes to thank all visitors for their understanding during this period and to emphasise that these restrictions are 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 a 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 to 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.
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- 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 £185 million, we employ around 3,000 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:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer, 01432 355444 ext 5105 or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928