King's Lynn hospital puts ban on children visiting as norovirus fears grow
Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital is appealing to visitors not to put the health of patients at risk by visiting after experiencing symptoms of norovirus.
Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is a food-borne infection which can be easily combatted by simple measures such as hand washing.
As increasing levels of norovirus have been seen in the community, the hospital is putting in place a number of measures to protect patients.
People who have experienced diarrhoea or sickness are asked to stay away from the hospital for 72 hours and all visitors are now asked to report to the nurse in charge of a department or service before seeing a patient.
The hospital also asks that children under the age of 12 do not visit and that any visitors wash their hands with soap and water before entering any clinical areas.
People infected with a norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin feeling ill to at least three days after recovery. Some people may be contagious for as long as two weeks after recovery.