Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust is 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, so staff at Southampton General Hospital and the Princess Anne Hospital are taking action to reduce the chances of spreading the sickness bug.
Currently, three wards at Southampton General Hospital remain temporarily closed to new admissions.
Members of the public intending to visit either hospital for any reason are asked to help with prevention by observing the following restrictions:
Judy Gillow, director of nursing, said: “We have learned from past experience that taking proactive action can have a huge impact on preventing further spread of diarrhoea and vomiting outbreaks and eases the additional pressures brought on by the winter weather.
“This time of year generally tends to bring a rise in cases of viral bugs, but our visitors can play a major part in helping to prevent the spread of the problem by following our restrictions.”
Posted on Friday 18 December 2009