Information for visitors

Over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in the number of cases of the well known winter vomiting bug norovius in Southampton.

We are urging anyone who may wish to visit the hospital to stay at home if they or their family members have had diarrhoea, vomiting or ‘flu-like’ symptoms in the last four days.

Norovirus is generally unpleasant but rarely serious. However, by bringing it into hospital, people could be putting vulnerable patients and healthcare workers at risk.

Symptoms of the virus tend to pass in one to two days but people can remain infectious for a further 48 hours. During this time, the illness can be easily spread from one person to another.

Although the symptoms can be alarming, only in exceptional circumstances does the virus require hospital treatment.

Visitors to the hospital are being asked to wash hands with soap and water when entering and leaving wards and clinics to help keep the bug away.

Dr Graeme Jones, director of the infection prevention unit at UHS, said: “We appreciate that friends and relatives want to visit their loved-ones in hospital, but if you are suffering with any symptoms of this virus, please stay away until you are no longer infectious – at least 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped.

“People bringing the virus into the hospital are putting vulnerable patients at risk”.

Posted on Friday 21 February 2014