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Public urged to help keep bugs at bay this winter

Poole Hospital reopened one of its wards on Saturday after a reported case of norovirus - also known as the winter vomiting virus – and is asking for the public’s support in helping to keep the infection out of the hospital.

The public can play a vital role in helping to protect hospital patients by:

  • Not visiting the hospital at all if you, or any members of your household, have had any kind of sickness and/or diarrhoea in the past 72 hours – even if you think it may be food poisoning
  • When coming into hospital, always using the alcohol hand gel provided before entering and when leaving a ward.

Denise Richards, matron for infection prevention and control, said: “Norovirus is circulating in the local community, and we have just had our first confirmed case within the hospital, so it is incredibly important that we do everything we can to keep further cases out of the hospital.

“Norovirus is a nasty sickness bug, but for people in hospital who are already poorly, it can be particularly harmful and make people very unwell.”

“We have robust measures in place to help prevent the spread of infection, but the public can also help us by staying away if you or any members of your household have had any sort of sickness or diarrhoea in the past 72 hours.”

If you are due to come into the hospital for an appointment and have experienced any of the above symptoms, please contact the department you are visiting for further advice.


Date: 19 December 2014

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