THE OUTBREAK of an infectious virus has forced Stafford Hospital bosses to close admission to two wards and urge people displaying its symptoms to stay away.
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, which operates both Stafford and Cannock Hospital, are asking members of the public who have recently experienced nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea, not to visit either hospital to prevent spread of the virus.
Norovirus, a gastrointestinal infection, which spreads very easily from person to person, is currently present on Ward 10 at Stafford Hospital, which along with the adjacent Acute Stroke Unit has been closed to admissions, transfers and discharges to nursing and residential homes, with visiting currently limited as well.
Colin Ovington, Director of Nursing said: “If you have had any of these symptoms, or know anyone who has, we would ask you to try and avoid coming to either of our hospitals – especially as a visitor.”
The virus, which can survive for days in a contaminated area, has no specific treatment, although drinking plenty of water is recommended to replace fluids lost through diarrhoea and vomiting and prevent dehydration and is very important for young children and the elderly.
People who have had diarrhoea and sickness are advised to allow at least two days after their sickness before returning to work or going out in public as it is possible to carry Norovirus without being initially symptomatic.