Stoke Mandeville’s wards monitored in virus outbreak

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Visiting patients in hospital could be restricted as a result of norovirus spreading through the town.

Staff at Stoke Mandeville Hospital will be monitoring wards to ensure patients and members of the public are protected against the winter sickness and diarrhoea bug.

This could mean visiting certain wards could be stopped for a period if necessary.

A spokesman for the Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust said: “As is normal at this time of year, norovirus is circulating within the community and some of our inpatient wards are affected at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

“Visiting will be restricted in areas experiencing norovirus.

“We will try to contact a patient’s next of kin to inform them of any restrictions in advance, but if you are unsure please check before visiting by calling the appropriate ward.  

“Norovirus is also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ and is commonplace within the community at this time of year. Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting and can be passed from person to person.”

He asked hospital vistors to help reduce the risk of norovirus infections by ensuring they stay away if they had experienced these symptoms in the past 48 hours, or have been in contact with someone who has.

“Visitors can also help by ensuring they wash their hands well with soap and water.

“If you are a patient due to come into hospital and have not had these symptoms in the last 48 hours there should be no need to change your arrangements.

“However, if you have suffered from these symptoms in the last 48 hours please contact the ward or department you are due to attend to rearrange your appointment or inpatient stay, if necessary. Our staff will advise you.

“Medical advice for those with norovirus is to rest at home, avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids and eat foods such as rice, soup, pasta or bread, which are easy to digest.”

Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

The virus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. As there is no specific cure, victims should let the virus run its course, but it should not last more than a couple of days.

Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small children affected from dehydrating, by giving them plenty of fluids.