The George Eliot Hospital is currently experiencing an increased level of diarrhoea and vomiting, including confirmed cases of Norovirus.
George Eliot Hospital’s Director of Nursing, Michelle Norton said: “Visiting restrictions are currently in place on the Ambulatory Care Unit, Bob Jakin, Mary Garth, Adam Bede and Felix Holt Wards while we manage an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea. Norovirus has been confirmed in a number of these cases. We are aware that similar cases are being seen in the local community which unfortunately is usual for this time of year.
“We are urging family and friends to avoid visiting the affected wards wherever possible. Restricting the number of visitors in the affected areas will help us contain the virus and stop it spreading any further in the hospital and the community. However, visiting on compassionate grounds may be possible at the discretion of the nurse in charge.
"If visitors have any questions then they are welcome to contact the ward directly via the hospital switchboard on 024 7635 1351 to check before a visit. People can also view the list of contact numbers for each department on our website www.geh.nhs.uk
“The ward areas will be reviewed on a daily basis and any further updates will be made available on the hospital website.”
Please help us to protect our patients and staff by not visiting them if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting or flu. If you are or have been suffering from these symptoms please do not attend the hospital until you are 48 hours symptom-free unless you need urgent medical attention. If you are unwell and require advice, please contact your GP or NHS111. For more information on Norovirus visit NHS Choices here.
George Eliot Hospital is also asking people to think before they go to A&E or call 999 with symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting. These services need to be free to deal with real emergencies and should only be used in genuine emergency situations.
The kind of serious accidents and emergencies that should been treated at A&E include unconsciousness, suspected heart attacks and strokes, breathing difficulties, broken bones or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.