Staff of Doncaster hospitals are fighting back against the seasonal round of infections this Christmas with a reminder to patients and visitors not to visit hospital if they have flu-like symptoms, or diarrhoea and vomiting.
Infections like flu and the norovirus bug can spread quickly in close-knit areas such as hospitals, schools, nursing and residential homes, so hospital staff are asking anyone who has flu-like symptoms or think they may have norovirus not to come to the Emergency Department or visit hospital until they have been completely symptom-free for at least 48 hours.
Maurice Madeo, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Hand hygiene is the single most important thing that we can do to prevent the spread of infections. Norovirus is not in itself a serious illness but it can have extremely worrying consequences for hospitals. An outbreak may mean we have to restrict admissions to hospital wards in order to contain the infection.
“That’s why it’s so important not to visit hospital until you have been symptom-free with no nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea for at least 48 hours. If you visit hospital before then, you could still unwittingly pass your norovirus onto hospital patients and staff.”