An outbreak of Norovirus has seen visiting restrictions put into place in certain wards at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The measures apply to the Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Aconbury 0 Ward, and Aconbury 1 Ward at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

As of now, visiting for these units is permitted on compassionate grounds only.



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Those wishing to visit these areas are asked to first establish contact with the nurse in charge.

No other visiting restrictions are currently in place at other units; however, potential hospital visitors are being asked to help safeguard patients and staff by mitigating the risk of spreading the Norovirus.

Often referred to as the ‘winter vomiting bug', Norovirus is one of the most frequently encountered stomach bugs in the UK, notorious for inducing diarrhoea and vomiting.

It can be contracted at any time of the year, although it is most prevalent during the winter season.

Symptoms commonly manifest one to two days following infection, and typically persist for a duration of two to three days.

To prevent the spread of the virus, those who have experienced symptoms are strongly advised to wait at least 72 hours post symptoms ending before making a visit to the wards.

Those battling the virus are advised to consume plenty of fluids to compensate for fluid losses due to vomiting and diarrhoea.

It is advised to refrain from fizzy drinks and fruit juice as they can potentially exacerbate diarrhoea, preferring plain food like bread, rice and pasta.

Additional advice includes resting and minimal contact with others to prevent virus spread.

Aches and raised temperatures can be managed with paracetamol.

To keep the risk of infection to others at bay, regular handwashing is recommended, as well as maintaining at least a 48-hour absence from work or school post symptoms ending.

The virus can spread through close contact, touching contaminated surfaces or ingesting contaminated food.

Thus, regular disinfection of surfaces and washing of clothing and bedding is advocated.

Antibiotics will not be effective, as it is caused by a virus, not bacteria.

Those feeling uncertain or in need of advice are advised to call 111 or their nearest GP.