Queen’s Medical Centre has had an outbreak of Norovirus which has spread through wards across the hospital. A victim has spoken out about how she caught it when visiting the hospital.
Health bosses have told people that the winter-vomiting bug has spread over Queen’s Medical Centre in the past few weeks. The bug has struck wards C52 and E16 at the hospital, and is highly contagious.
A spokesperson for the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is warning people to not visit the infected wards.
They’ve also asked people who have the bug to avoid visiting the hospital for at least 72 hours after their symptoms have gone.
Donna Bonser, 44, Carlton says she got the virus after she went to the hospital for an MRI scan, “I got in their sheets waiting for MRI scan. I was there nearly a week and then just felt sick and it carried on.”
“Then I got diarrhoea, because of that I dehydrated so I was put on a drip for two and half days.”
“I wasn’t happy because I wouldn’t have got the bug if it wasn’t for the hospital. The bug is airborne so giving visitors gloves and aprons really didn’t help because the germ was just spreading around the bays.”
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It is known as the “winter vomiting bug” because it’s more common during winter time.
What are the symptoms?
If you get infected with the bug you will find yourself with diarrhoea and projectile vomiting. You also may experience fever, stomach cramps, headaches and aching limbs.
How do you treat the virus?
Norovirus has no cure. If you experience these symptoms it is best to simply stay at home until you get better. You should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, take paracetamol for your fever, headaches and pains, try to get plenty of rest and if you do eat try to eat plain foods such as rice, pasta and soup.
How can you prevent spreading the virus?
You should adhere to strict hand-washing techniques if you do have the bug. People can catch some particles from your faeces or vomit from either having close contact, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and from any infected food. A person with norovirus is the most contagious from when their symptoms begin until 48 hours after they have finished.
What early precautions can be taken against it in the future?
It is vital that you ensure good hand hygiene. Prevent getting infected or infecting anyone else by washing your hands regularly with soap and water. Especially after using the toilet and before eating food.
How can people prevent the spread of Norovirus to hospitals?
If you have any symptoms of Norovirus, do not visit a hospital. If you do have a hospital appointment, be sure to cancel it and re-schedule when your symptoms have been gone for more than 48 hours. Whenever you do visit someone in hospital, be sure not to touch dressings, drips, or any equipment around the bed. Do not sit on the bed either and make sure to wash your hands with before and after visiting.
Where can you find more information and advice?
Norovirus NHS Choices
Donna Bonser said, “I work in care myself and we keep people in a different room to any infection so that it doesn’t spread.”
When asked whether Donna complained to the hospital, she said: “No I was just happy to go home.”