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Normal visiting resumes at West Cumberland Hospital

West Cumberland Hospital
West Cumberland Hospital

[N]orth Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has lifted visiting restrictions on Ward 3a at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

All potential visitors were being asked to refrain from visiting after a norovirus outbreak on Ward 3a at the hospital.

The Trust would like to thank all patients, visitors and staff for their cooperation and understanding in helping to contain the outbreak.

Norovirus is still circulating within the community so it is important to be aware of the symptoms and not visit relatives in hospital if you are feeling unwell as the virus can seriously affect vulnerable patients.

Symptoms of norovirus include watery diarrhoea and projectile vomiting.

Good hand hygiene can help to limit the spread of the infection and there are some simple steps that the public can take to help stop a norovirus spreading:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food. If you’re in an NHS facility, pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with norovirus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.
  • Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated with a norovirus. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Although people usually recover without treatment in 24-72 hours, it is important to stay away from work, school, college or any social gatherings until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.

If you have norovirus, the best thing you can do is rest, and drink plenty of non-caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.

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