A leading microbiologist has today asked visitors coming to our hospitals to stay at home if they have sickness and diarrhoea.
Professor Craig Williams, lead infection control doctor, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “We understand that when a relative or friend is in hospital you want to offer them comfort and support by visiting them.
“Unfortunately visiting a loved one if you have experienced sickness and diarrhoea in the last 48 hours can have consequences for the person you are visiting. They would potentially catch whatever infection you have leading to their health being compromised.
“We are asking people not to visit friends or relatives in hospital if they have experienced any sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours.
“Norovirus is particularly prevalent during the winter and it’s not unusual to see this type of virus in the community. We want to minimise the number of patients experiencing norovirus and not have symptomatic friends and relatives visiting.
“We are also urging any visitors who have experienced any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last forty-eight hours not to visit the hospital.
“It is important to remember that this virus is extremely common in the wider community and we would also like to remind hospital visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.”
Notes to Editors
Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK.
The virus is highly contagious. It can affect people of all ages and causes vomiting and diarrhoea.
There's no specific cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course. It's usually mild and should not last more than a couple of days.
You may be infectious up to 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.
Although having norovirus can be unpleasant, it's not usually dangerous and most people make a full recovery within a couple of days without having to see their GP
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