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Visiting Restrictions are in Place to Help Contain Outbreak of Winter Vomiting Virus

Monday December 19, 2011

Visiting restrictions are in place to help contain an outbreak of Winter Vomiting Virus, which as affected a number of wards.

  • Visiting is restricted to one visitor per patient.

  • Visitors should keep to the permitted visiting times of 1 pm to 4 pm and 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

  • No children are being allowed to visit.

The virus is known to be widespread in the community at this time.

People who have the symptoms, which are severe abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea, are asked not to visit the Emergency Department. Winter Vomiting Virus (also known as norovirus or SRSV) is a self-limiting illness, usually lasting 24 – 48 hours and does not usually require medical treatment. People with these symptoms should take plenty of fluids and, if they are concerned about them, they should contact their GP.