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Help Keep Bugs Out of Local Hospitals

 20 June 2018

Over recent days Leighton Hospital has seen a handful of patients with Norovirus, although the situation is improving and there are just two wards affected.

For this reason we are asking the public to help control the spread of infection by thinking carefully before visiting their friends and relatives and to keep visiting to the essential minimum.

We recommend that people should not visit if they have felt or are feeling unwell with diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting or have had flu or a fever over the past 48 hours, particularly if they are visiting the elderly or the very young.

Rather than risk passing on infections by visiting in person, we would like to invite people to telephone the relevant ward to check on relatives. Where possible, patients can also make and receive calls on their mobile phones in day rooms.

The comfort and care of our patients remains our top priority and we are doing everything possible to limit the spread of Norovirus and other viruses. This includes stringent hygiene measures and a rigorous cleaning schedule.

Visitors can also support by remembering to wash their hands when coming onto or leaving a ward area, and to use the hand gels provided at the entrance and exit to all patient areas.

For further information on Norovirus, please visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/