Due to continuing Norovirus activity both in Jersey and the UK, Corbiere Ward in the Hospital has been closed to new admissions for the time being to help stop the spread of the illness. Patients ill with norovirus type symptoms in other parts of the hospital are being isolated. Staff at the Hospital are working hard to reduce the impact of Norovirus across the services. A small number of health staff are ill with Norovirus and are away from their duties to help prevent further spread
Bartlett Ward, which was closed due to Norovirus, re-opened on 03 December.
Islanders are asked not to visit friends or family at the Hospital, particularly over the weekend, if they have symptoms or norovirus infection. Individuals who have recently been in contact with others with norovirus symptoms should consider avoiding visiting the hospital.
They are reminded to remain vigilant about keeping their hands clean to help stop the spread of Norovirus, by using soap and water, washing hands frequently and thoroughly. Hand gels are not effective against Norovirus.
Well visitors who come into the Hospital to visit relatives and friends are asked to limit their visit to relevant area only.
Every one is reminded to keep their hands clean using soap and water to help stop the spread of Norovirus. Frequent handwashing is important and especially so after going to the toilet or before preparing and consuming food.Hand gels are not effective against Norovirus.
Establishments should ensure that their catering and toilet facilities are cleaned thoroughly and regularly even if there is no reported illness. People with Norovirus symptom should not to go into work if they have symptoms like diarrhoea and vomiting. There are no long term effects that result from Norovirus infection. Antibiotics are ineffective against it, as they are against any other viral infections.
If you think you have Norovirus you should:
- Go home from work, or from school as soon as practically possible
- Do not come to the hospital, or go to a GP surgery (and risk infecting others)
- Do not return to work/school until 48 hours after all symptoms have passed including vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps
Norovirus spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools, cruise ships, nursing and residential homes and hotels, and is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis (diarrhoea and vomiting) in the British Isles.
- Most people usually recover fully within 2-3 days of having Norovirus. The best advice is to keep as well hydrated as possible, by drinking little and often while the symptoms last. Paracetamol may also be helpful.
- Unless there is severe dehydration, it is very unusual to need hospital treatment for people who are normally healthy. People with pre-existing serious medical conditions should seek early advice from their GP by phone. Previously healthy individuals concerned about their symptoms should likewise contact their GP
- However, Islanders are reminded not to go to a GP’s surgery and especially not to the hospital unless specifically advised by a doctor to do so.