Published on Wednesday 24 February 2016
Important update re: Norovirus at Arrowe Park Hospital
Despite a recent appeal, we are continuing to see an increase in the number of people coming into our Emergency Department with symptoms of Norovirus. We therefore wish to repeat our message not to come to A&E if you have had symptoms of sickness and diarrhoea within the last 48 hours unless it is a genuine emergency as this is causing increased pressures in service demand within this very busy department.
As this highly contagious sickness bug has taken hold in the community and in local care homes we are noticing more and more people bringing it into our hospitals where sick and vulnerable patients will be exposed to it.
Our medical teams are working tirelessly to provide patients with the best possible care, but we urgently need to remind the public that A&E is for serious accidents and life-threatening emergencies only and priority is always given to those who are most unwell and need urgent attention. Regrettably this is meaning a longer wait for many of our patients at the moment who are turning up with less serious illness and injury.
To further contain and prevent the spread of this highly contagious sickness bug and to protect patients we are now suspending all visiting to Arrowe Park Hospital except in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of Ward Sisters or nurse in charge.
We appreciate that this may upset some patients and their friends and families but hope they will appreciate that this action is being taken in the best interests of patient care.
Norovirus’ symptoms include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps. The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects.
You can follow these simple steps to help:
- Take plenty of fluids
- Wash your hands regularly
- Keep yourself away from others – especially from GP surgeries or hospitals
- If your symptoms continue for more than two days seek advice from NHS 111 by calling 111 on your phone or visit the NHS Choices website for further information.