Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is asking hospital visitors to help keep the wards free of diarrhoea and vomiting this winter.
The Trust currently has 3 wards closed – 2 at Bradford Royal Infirmary and 1 at St Luke’s Hospital - due to viral gastroenteritis.
Chief Nurse, Karen Dawber said: “We are doing all we can internally, such as enhanced cleaning but we need the public’s help in preventing the spread of infection by following simple precautions.
“We are asking the public to reduce the spread of these infections by not coming into hospitals to visit relatives and friends when they themselves are unwell. Anyone suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea should stay away from visiting the hospital until at least 48 hours after the end of their symptoms".
“Visitors should also remember to wash their hands thoroughly when entering and leaving the hospital and to use the alcohol gel provided at ward and department entrances and exits throughout their visits. We also advise that young children are not brought into hospital to visit relatives at this time as children can be carrying the illness but we also don’t want them to be exposed to these infections".
“Most people can manage the symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting at home or with simple, over-the-counter remedies and do not need to go to A&E. If people think they need urgent advice and treatment when their GP surgery is closed, they should ring their GP number and they will be transferred to the out-of-hours service".
“Alternatively they can call NHS 111 for fast medical advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones".
“There are many different ways that people can help themselves get the right treatment and allow busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.”
The options are:
• Self-care – look after yourself at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet
• Pharmacist (chemist) – for expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them
• GP (Doctor) – for illnesses that just will not go away, arrange to see your doctor
• Call 111 – if you need urgent healthcare, contact NHS 111 which will help you access the local service that can help you best
• A&E or 999 – only if you need very urgent medical attention
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