Visits to Gloucestershire hospitals restricted after outbreaks of Norovirus

Visiting to Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has been restricted after outbreaks of Norovirus.

From Monday (9 December) only two adults at a time are being allowed to visit patients, and Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust is discouraging children from visiting - who they say are more susceptible to the bug.

As of Monday 9th December, visiting hours will remain between 11am – 8pm; however, visiting will be limited to two adults at any one time across all adult inpatient wards at both hospital sites for the next two weeks. These visitors should be the patient’s immediate family members or primary carer, however exceptions can be made on compassionate grounds or for those providing care.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust statement

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Visiting restrictions are also in place on specific wards. From Tuesday (December 10) members of the public are being asked not to visit relatives and friends on Ward 4b at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

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The Trust says the temporary restrictions are there to protect patients and to control the spread of the illness.

Advice from the Trust on how to protect patients and yourself:

  • Do not visit healthcare facilities, like hospitals, if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting until two days after symptoms have stopped (even if these were mild symptoms)

  • If you are a patient due to have a planned stay in hospital and you develop diarrhoea and/or vomiting just before you are due to come in, please inform the ward / department to let them know. They can advise you whether it is safe for you to come into hospital

  • Always wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. You should always do this after using the toilet and before preparing food. This is good practice whether or not you have symptoms

  • Do not handle or prepare food for other people until you have been free of symptoms for a minimum of three days

  • If you, or someone you care for, needs medical advice call NHS 111 or call your GP surgery in the first instance

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