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Outbreaks of infections and their control

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Outbreaks occur in both hospital and community settings, the most common of which are viral gastroenteritis, such as Norovirus, and flu-like illnesses.

The NDHT treats all incidents and outbreaks seriously and there are early warning systems in place to help us take action quickly.

To limit spread within our hospitals it is sometimes necessary to close wards to new admissions, delay discharges and sometimes significantly restrict normal visiting arrangements. This helps us to gain control of outbreaks that are happening and to prevent further spread of the infection into care settings within the community and to our visitors.

Any area affected by an outbreak will display signs alerting visitors, and staff will advise regarding any extra precautions required.

Sometimes if you are unwell it can be advisable to refrain from visiting, especially if you have any of the following conditions:

  • diarrhoea or vomiting illness
  • Colds and flu like illness
  • Chicken Pox, undiagnosed rashes

If you are unsure please call ahead to the department you are visiting to check first before making your visit. You are also welcome to contact the Department of Infection Prevention and Control for more advice 01271 311601.