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Norovirus: Trust asks for support from patients and public

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust is asking for support from patients, their friends and families, and the local community following confirmed cases of norovirus at North Devon District Hospital.

Norovirus is a highly contagious gastro-intestinal virus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting.

Following the spread of this virus in the North Devon community, there is an increase in patients being admitted to NDDH with norovirus.

There have been confirmed cases of norovirus at NDDH this week and four wards were closed to new admissions as a precautionary measure. Two wards reopened yesterday.

The Trust is asking people not to visit the hospital if they have had, or been in contact with someone who has had, diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours, unless their visit is essential.

When in hospital, people should keep their hands clean using soap and water or the gels provided, and encourage others to do the same. It is particularly important to do so when entering or leaving a ward, before eating and drinking or helping someone else to eat or drink, after using the toilet, after helping someone else with personal care – such as washing, dressing or using the toilet – and after coughing or sneezing.

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Norovirus is a community-borne virus and is highly contagious. Outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting, often called the winter vomiting disease, are common in the community at this time of year.