Norovirus at the PRUH

17 October 2017 - Please help us to stop the spread of Norovirus

Exterior of the front of Princess Royal University Hospital

There is currently Norovirus in our local community, and there are a small number of patients with Norovirus at the PRUH.

Our top priority is the safety and wellbeing of our patients so we are taking extra precautions to prevent the virus from spreading to other patients.

We are carrying out regular deep cleans of all wards, and staff are being extra vigilant around hand washing and other infection control procedures.

The situation is being reviewed regularly, and we will update this message when it changes.

Norovirus symptoms usually last for between 24 and 48 hours, and most people recover very quickly.

Please do not come to the PRUH if you have diarrhoea and/or vomiting, or have recently come into contact with anyone with these symptoms.

If you have symptoms, it is best to stay at home, rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you are still unwell after four or five days, you should speak to your GP or call the NHS helpline on 111.

Visiting our hospitals

If you are coming to the hospital, as a patient or visitor, please make sure you clean your hands thoroughly with soap and water on entering and leaving wards. Alcohol hand gel does not kill Norovirus.

Patients with appointments at the PRUH

If you have an outpatient appointment at the PRUH, please attend as normal.

If you are due to have an operation, please phone ahead as usual to confirm your attendance. If you’ve had Norovirus symptoms in the last 72 hours, or been in contact with anyone who has, please mention this on the phone.

Maternity services are unaffected by Norovirus.

Further information about Norovirus

Please see our Infection Control page for more information.

For further information please contact:
Molly Downing
Communications Officer
Extension: +44 (0)20 3299 3257