Protect your Ward & Practice against the Norovirus (Winter Vomiting Bug)

While definitely unpleasant, it’s unfortunately not unusual for outbreaks of the norovirus (or the ‘winter vomiting bug’) to occur in hospitals and schools during winter.

When an outbreak does occur, it’s important to try and limit infection by taking steps such as wearing gloves and aprons, as well as always washing hands after contact with infected patients and their surroundings.

To help prepare your ward or practice during this peak norovirus period, we have a variety of free resources available to download. Our ‘Remember: Wash your hands with soap!’ aims to help patients, visitors and staff remember to wash their hands. Alongside this, we also have a poster encouraging patients to ask if their Health Care Professional has washed their hands. Finally, our stomach flu poster reminds visitors, staff and patients to stay away for 48 hours when they have had diarrhea and have been vomiting:
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How will you be safeguarding your ward or practice against the winter vomiting bug this year?

What is the Norovirus?

Norovirus refers to a strain of viruses that cause unpleasant stomach bugs, with nasty symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Current advice for the norovirus suggests that it’s best to stay at home until you feel better and drink plenty of fluids in order to avoid dehydration.

How to prevent Norovirus Spreading

If you have norovirus or have recently been ill, it’s important to stay away from friends and relatives that are in hospital. Norovirus outbreaks are common in schools and hospitals, where large groups of people are gathered together. When an outbreak occurs in a hospital, it’s important to prevent further infection.

Further Information about Norovirus

For more information about norovirus, we recommend visiting: