Thursday, 28 February 2008

Norovirus update for Frimley Park Hospital

Norovirus under control at hospital

An outbreak of norovirus, or winter vomiting virus, appears now to be under control at a Surrey hospital.

Bays in the affected wards at Frimley Park Hospital are currently being deep cleaned ready for re-opening and the hospitals was hoping to get back to normal this afternoon.

However the hospital repeated its plea to the public not to visit if they have been feeling unwell or suffered diarrhoea and vomiting within the past 48 hours.

Patients who are due to come to the hospital for treatment should attend as planned.

Norovirus is prevalent in the community, especially at this time of year. Although symptoms usually pass within 48 hours, it can remain contagious for up to two days.

Mary Dunne, director of nursing, quality and patient services, said: “It seems like we have been able to control this outbreak, thanks to the efforts of staff and the excellent co-operation of the public.

“Norovirus is common in the community however so it could very easily be brought back into the hospital unless we all remain vigilant.”

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