QE Hospital in King’s Lynn urges visitors with vomit bugs to stay away

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn is calling on the public to help their drive to eradicate vomiting bugs.

After a number of recent admissions with the Norovirus germ, which causes vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps, the trust is urging visitors to stay away from the hospital if they have experienced such symptoms in the past 48 hours.

Dr Ian Hosein, Interim Associate Medical Director for Infection Prevention and control, said: 'The most common way Norovirus and similar germs are spread is through ingestion. We can eliminate them to the best we possibly can within the hospital but they will keep returning if visitors carry them in.

'I would ask visitors not to bring self-prepared food items into hospital as these items could be contaminated and put patients at risk of getting Norovirus infection.'

As part of the Trust's Be Effective, Not Infected campaign, hand-washing and sanitising facilities are located throughout the hospital and visitors are reminded to use them.

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