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Herefordshire hospitals close wards to prevent spread of virus
3:28pm Tuesday 5th February 2013 in News
VISITING has been stopped at two County Hospital wards due to a winter vomiting bug which has already closed wards at two Community Hospitals.
Wards at Ross-on-Wye and Bromyard Community Hospitals were shut yesterday and the Arrow and Leadon wards at the County Hospital were closed today to prevent further spread of the diarrhoea and vomiting bug which is likely to be the Norovirus.
Outpatient clinics at these hospitals remain open as normal but anyone experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours is urged to stay away from the county’s hospitals.
Wye Valley NHS Trust suggest the following tips in preventing the spread of a virus:
• 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.