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Norovirus Alert at York Hospital

York Hospital 2

1:34pm 6th December 2013

People with stomach upsets are being asked to stay away from York Hospital after a ward, several bays and a community unit have had to be closed due to the Norovirus.

In order to prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug, the Trust’s Medical Director is asking visitors to stay away from the hospital if they have been unwell or have any symptoms of Norovirus.   

Alastair Turnbull, Medical Director, explained: “We are asking for the public’s support and request that if you have been unwell or have any symptoms of tummy upset that you exercise caution and do not visit patients in the hospital.

“The Trust has a great record in infection control practices but we need your help to protect our most vulnerable patients. Norovirus can be a very unpleasant illness and is one of the most infectious viruses known. We have had to close limited areas and may need to put in place more strict visiting controls to affected areas in order to protect both our patients and staff. Please be understanding of this.

“We always advise that people who have been unwell should not visit the hospital until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours.

“If you are a visitor we ask that you follow guidance, which includes always washing your hands with soap and water before and after visiting and use the hand sanitizer gel.”

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