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Winter vomiting - Norovirus

Guidance for patients and visitors

Norovirus is a prevalent virus common in community and healthcare settings. It has a sudden onset and can spread quickly.We urge relatives and any visitors who have experienced symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last forty-eight hours not to visit hospital. We also ask that visitors are restricted to close family and friends whenever possible.

We are seeing an increase in Norovirus in the community. You can help limit the spread of this virus by ensuring good hand hygiene at all times. If you have concerns contact your GP or NHS24 for advice.

Strict infection control measures are in place throughout our hospitals and we are reminding visitors of the importance of hand hygiene when entering and leaving hospital premises.

Simple steps to stop the virus spreading:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
  • Do not share towels and flannels.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items seperately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and keep the surrounding toilet area clean.
  • Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce.

More on Norovirus at

BBC News Scotland video report and advice on Norovirus, November 2012