[N]orovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, has been confirmed on Ward 6 at Furness General Hospital (FGH).
Angela Richards, Matron for Infection Prevention and Control, at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “I can confirm that the Norovirus has caused sickness and diarrhoea amongst patients on Ward 6 at FGH and the ward is closed to admissions and transfers until further notice.
“Norovirus is a common cause for diarrhoea and/or vomiting and is often referred to as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ because it has, historically been more common in winter, although Norovirus does circulate throughout the year”. Angela is advising:
- Not to visit any UHMBT hospital or clinic if you have suffered symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting within the last 48 hours
- Not to visit with young children
- Only two visitors to a bed
- To remember to hand wash with soap and water on entrance to and exit from the ward areas
- Only visit your own relatives/friends and not to visit communal areas within the hospital
Angela finishes by saying: “Norovirus is highly contagious and can spread rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes.
“Diarrhoea and vomiting can be spread through contact with an infected person, by contact with contaminated surfaces or by consuming contaminated food or water.
“We hope we can resolve this outbreak on Ward 6 quickly and I would like to apologise for any disruptions caused to patients or visitors during this time.”