Hospital’s vigilence plea over norovirus
People have been urged to think twice before attending hospital with their complaint due to infection risk and stretched resources.
The vomiting bug norovirus is rife in the community and people of low resistance – like those already ill in hospital, the elderly and very young – are particularly vulnerable to it.
Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital currently has no cases but a spokesman said the public and staff must continue to be vigilant with hand hygiene and to ensure they do not attend the hospital if they have symptoms.
Dr Mark Blunt, interim medical director, said: “With colder weather predicted soon, hospitals are likely to be kept extremely busy with patients needing urgent treatment for serious emergency conditions.
“It will help us considerably if those with less serious conditions, for example, coughs, colds and relatively minor illnesses, could take advice first before coming to hospital.
“The excellent 111 phone service, your GP practice or local pharmacy can give expert advice that may save you a trip to hospital.”
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