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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

Be aware of norovirus

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The vulnerable and those with long term health conditions in Wyre Forest are being encouraged to take extra care this winter to avoid norovirus also known as the winter vomiting bug.

For most people the condition is an unpleasant experience which requires plenty of fluids and rest.  However for people who are already ill or vulnerable such as the elderly, very young, those in hospital or those with long term conditions it can have a much greater impact.

Dr Simon Rumley, Chair and Clinical Lead at NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “When people have norovirus they usually make a full recovery within one or two days, but this is not the case for everyone.

“For patients already ill, in hospital or those with long term conditions, this virus can cause further health complications. It is vital therefore to prevent the spread of the condition to help protect yourself and protect others.

“Public places like hospitals, schools and offices, are susceptible to outbreaks and people should stay at home until they are free of the symptoms – as it’s a virus, it cannot be treated with antibiotics.”

There are some simple steps to help prevent the spread of norovirus:

  • Stay off work or school until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed
  • Don’t visit loved ones in hospital as you risk passing on the condition
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated and don’t share towels and flannels
  • Wash any items of clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated separately on a hot wash
  • If you do start to suffer with sickness and diarrhoea, a pharmacist can advise on remedies to make you feel better.  

For more information on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell


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