Visitors with norovirus symptoms urged to stay away from James Paget Hospital after outbreak

The James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston. Picture: James Bass.

The James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston. Picture: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2011

The James Paget Hospital is urging people with norovirus symptoms to stay away after four wards have been affected.

A JPH spokesman said that ten people have been affected, while there are several others who are waiting for their test results back.

Those being urged to stay away are those with symptoms of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

The hospital has issued the following advice;

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• Wash your hands with soap and water when entering and before leaving a ward

• Only visit if you consider it necessary

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• Do not visit if you have any symptoms of Diarrhoea and / or vomiting

• Only visit one ward

• Do not sit on the beds

• Only two visitors per patient at a time

• Do not consume food or drink whilst in a ward

If you have active symptoms but your visit is unavoidable, please contact the JPH's infection control team on 01493 452836.

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