Norovirus superbug closes more wards

THREE hospital wards have been closed to new admissions following an outbreak of the highly infectious superbug, norovirus at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The closures are to prevent the spread of the winter vomiting bug.

One care home has also been affected by the bug and there have been serveral cases in schools and nurseries.

A complex care ward and a gastroenterology ward were closed on Monday and a further complex care ward was closed yesterday with norovirus confirmed in all three.

Bosses avoided the spread of the bug, which had affected large numbers of people in the Bolton, before Christmas by urging people not to come to the hospital if they had any symptoms and restricted visitors to two per bed. Children were also banned from visiting.

Helen Clarke, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust associate director of patient safety/deputy chief nurse, said: “We had a positive response from the public before Christmas and that, combined with good hand-hygiene and adherence to infection control policies, helped to minimise the affect on the hospital.

“Now we are facing another wave of norovirus so we would like to remind everyone about the guidance.”

Graham Munslow, public health specialist, said the bug finds it easier to survive as temperatures drop.

He added: “Most of our winter has been relatively mild — heat helps to inactivate the bug. But as temperatures have started to drop, the bug finds it easier to survive. We tend to see an increase in number of cases when we have a cold snap in winter time. This is probably playing a part in the recent upsurge of cases.”

People thought to be suffering from the bug should stay away from school, not visit hospitals or care homes until they are symptom free for at least 48 hours.

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2:18pm Wed 16 Jan 13

wild one says...

It would be a good idea to employ a security guard, to make sure when entering the building that everybody washes there hands, and we no the one's that wont. don't we ?
It would be a good idea to employ a security guard, to make sure when entering the building that everybody washes there hands, and we no the one's that wont. don't we ? wild one

5:22pm Wed 16 Jan 13

moore2005 says...

If people did as they were told and stay away or just even gel their hands there wouldn't be that much of it.
If people did as they were told and stay away or just even gel their hands there wouldn't be that much of it. moore2005

5:45pm Wed 16 Jan 13

mumbo14 says...

I visited the hospital yesterday and as myself and a group of people walked in, only 2 of us used the gel that was available, despite all the sign telling people to stop the spread of the virus. This is why it is spreading because people just ignore the advice.
I visited the hospital yesterday and as myself and a group of people walked in, only 2 of us used the gel that was available, despite all the sign telling people to stop the spread of the virus. This is why it is spreading because people just ignore the advice. mumbo14

8:06pm Wed 16 Jan 13

SmoggyDiasboro says...

I bet princess Anne keeps her gloves on
I bet princess Anne keeps her gloves on SmoggyDiasboro

7:57am Thu 17 Jan 13

moore2005 says...

mumbo14 wrote:
I visited the hospital yesterday and as myself and a group of people walked in, only 2 of us used the gel that was available, despite all the sign telling people to stop the spread of the virus. This is why it is spreading because people just ignore the advice.
I gel my hand on arrival and when i enter every department i go into and my children do the same. I work in a school and change nappies and every nappy i change i gel my hand before and after.
[quote][p][bold]mumbo14[/bold] wrote: I visited the hospital yesterday and as myself and a group of people walked in, only 2 of us used the gel that was available, despite all the sign telling people to stop the spread of the virus. This is why it is spreading because people just ignore the advice.[/p][/quote]I gel my hand on arrival and when i enter every department i go into and my children do the same. I work in a school and change nappies and every nappy i change i gel my hand before and after. moore2005

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