Call for visitors to help prevent cases of sickness and diarrhoea

Staff at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust are urging visitors to stay away from hospital if they have suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous 72 hours.

Viral diarrhoea and vomiting cases are known to increase at this time of year, with four wards at Southampton General Hospital currently closed to new admissions.

Members of the public intending to visit either Southampton General, the Princess Anne Hospital or Countess Mountbatten House are asked to help with prevention by observing the following restrictions:

  • Avoid visiting if you are feeling unwell or have suffered any symptoms of either sickness or diarrhoea in the last 72 hours
  • Wash hands carefully both before and after visiting a clinical ward area and use the alcohol gels available
  • Do not sit on the bed of the person you are visiting and ask a member of staff if you need more chairs
  • Avoid bringing food in as a gift, and if this is essential ensure it is covered or wrapped
  • Avoid bringing in flowers and plants, which can cause clutter and prevent effective cleaning
  • Adhere to visiting hours, as this will allow time for essential cleaning to occur.

Judy Gillow, director of nursing, said: “This time of year generally tends to bring a rise in cases of viral bugs and we currently have four wards closed due to outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting.

“But by following the restrictions we have set out, our visitors can play a major part in helping to prevent further spread of viruses.”

Posted on Thursday 18 February 2010