Visiting restricted at Norfolk hospital due to Norovirus

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Photo: NNUH - Credit: NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) is introducing visiting restrictions this week as the Norovirus stomach bug is circulating widely in the community.

Whilst no wards are currently affected, there have been two confirmed cases in patients who have come into hospital during the last couple of weeks.

Dr Ngozi Elumogo, director of infection prevention and control at NNUH, says: 'We are restricting visiting as a precaution as it is that time of year when we see Norovirus circulating in the community.

'Our advice is to wash your hands as a matter of routine with hot, soapy water. Hand sanitisers and alcohol gel will work against some bacteria and flu viruses but they will not protect you against Norovirus.

'We are asking people not to visit the hospital unless absolutely necessary and not to bring in children aged under 12 years.

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'It is important not to visit the hospital if you have had a stomach bug or have been in close contact with someone who has over the previous three days. Washing your hands with hot water and soap is also essential for all visitors.'

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