Information for patients and visitors

Cold weather can have a serious effect on your health and infections aren’t fussy about who spreads them, so we all need to be careful. Here are a number of important things you can do to take care of yourself and your loved ones when visiting our hospital over the winter months. 

Outpatients and visitors

Diarrhoea and vomiting
If you are feeling ill or have recently had diarrhoea or vomiting, you should not visit the hospital until you are 72 hours free of symptoms. 

If you have diarrhoea and vomiting, you can usually treat yourself or your child at home. The most important thing is to have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration. Read more advice on how to treat diarrhoea and vomiting by visiting

Flu, coughs and colds
Please do not visit our hospitals if you have any signs of flu. If you have a cough, temperature or sore throat, please wait until you have been symptom free for 24 hours before visiting.

If you are due to have an outpatients appointment and feel unwell, please call the department to see if it is still suitable for you to attend. 

Please wash your hands using the hand gel dispensers provided throughout the hospital and help keep you, our patients and our staff infection free this winter. Find out how else you can prevent infection here.

Choose the right service

Our emergency department is just one of the services available to you in Southampton. If you need medical attention but it is not life threatening, there are a number of other NHS services to choose from.

Selecting the right place to go will help you get the treatment you need faster. Find out more about urgent care services here

Stay protected - get your flu jab

Flu is a highly infectious disease that can lead to serious health complications, especially in periods of cold weather. Getting your flu vaccination remains the best protection against the illness. If you are eligible, the vaccination is offered free of charge.

Find out more here

Posted on Tuesday 5 February 2019