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Norovirus Visitor Restriction

Monday, 18 December, 2017
Norovirus Visitor Restriction

Visitor restrictions have been applied across affected Northumbria Healthcare sites in order to contain an ongoing Norovirus outbreak. Affected sites include Wansbeck General, North Tyneside General and The Northumbria (Cramlington).

We are aware that Norovirus is circulating in the local community including schools and care homes.

At Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust we are currently experiencing large numbers of cases (outbreak) of patients with symptoms of diarrhoea & vomiting due to Norovirus.

Norovirus is a highly infectious virus that can easily be spread from person to person. Unfortunately, people can spread this virus before their symptoms start. Therefore visitors may inadvertently bring Norovirus into the hospital setting. Typically Norovirus causes diarrhoea & vomiting illness which generally lasts 48 hours with no long-term effects. However, patients in hospital are particularly susceptible to having severe illness which can be extremely debilitating.

For this reason, we are asking for your co-operation to not visit your relative/friends until the Norovirus outbreaks have resolved.

For patients that are receiving end of life care, this restriction would not apply. If you are in any doubt, please contact the relevant ward directly or contact our switchboard on 0344 811 8111.

For more information on norovirus, how to avoid getting it and what to steps to take if you do please see here.
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Elliot Nichols
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