11:04am Monday 23rd January 2012
As is normal at this time of year, norovirus is circulating within the community and some of our inpatient wards are affected, especially at Wycombe Hospital.
Visiting will be restricted in areas experiencing norovirus, including the main tower block at Wycombe Hospital, which will only accommodate visiting in exceptional circumstances. We will try to contact a patient’s next of kin to inform them of any restrictions in advance, but if you are unsure please check before visiting by calling the appropriate ward. Norovirus is also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ and is commonplace within the community at this time of year. Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting and can be passed from person to person. If you're visiting our hospitals please help us to reduce the risk of norovirus infections by ensuring you stay away if you have had these symptoms in the last 48 hours, or have been in contact with someone who has. Visitors can also help by ensuring they wash their hands well with soap and water.
If you are a patient due to come into hospital and have not had these symptoms in the last 48 hours there should be no need to change your arrangements. However, if you have suffered from these symptoms in the last 48 hours please contact the ward or department you are due to attend to rearrange your appointment or inpatient stay, if necessary. Our staff will advise you.
Medical advice for those with norovirus is to rest at home, avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and eat foods such as rice, soup, pasta or bread, which are easy to digest.
For general advice on norovirus from NHS Direct go to: www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Norovirus Based on information supplied by Richard Burton.
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