King’s Lynn hospital bosses issue new norovirus warning

GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn ENGANL00120140502173025
GV of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital , King's Lynn ENGANL00120140502173025
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Officials have today issued a new plea for help to combat cases of norovirus at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Health bosses made a similar appeal in late March following what they described as a “surge” of new cases.

But the trust says it is still admitting patients with the condition and has urged anyone who has experienced vomiting or diarrhoea within the last three days to stay away from the Gayton Road site altogether.

Dr. Ian Hosein, the hospital’s associate medical director for infection prevention and control said: “It’s important to let people know that Norovirus is principally a food borne infection.

“I would ask visitors to please not bring self-prepared food items into our hospital. They could be accidentally contaminated with the virus, which puts patients at risk of getting the infection.

“Looking after patients with Norovirus means we sometimes have to close areas to stop the virus spreading, which naturally puts the hospital under further pressure. Any support you can give in preventing more cases by washing your hands properly, not bringing food into hospital and not visiting if you’ve been poorly in the previous 72 hours will be a significant help.”

The trust also says hand washing is essential when preparing or eating food and when you come in contact with anyone who has the virus or has been suffering with vomiting or diarrhoea.