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23 December 2013

Stop the spread – Ensure you don’t give an unwanted gift this festive season

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) is reminding visitors who have relatives or friends in hospital to avoid visiting the Trust if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in the previous 48 hours.

The winter vomiting bug norovirus is frequently brought into hospitals by visitors or patients and is easily spread by contact with people suffering diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V).

Richard Brindle, director of infection, prevention and control says: "If the virus spreads within our hospitals, we are forced to close bays, wards and units. In addition to limiting the number of patients we can care for, suffering from norovirus is an unpleasant experience for patients and staff at any time of year and certainly not something you'd give someone this Christmas.

"We understand that people will want to visit family and friends in hospital, but we are asking people not to visit if they are feeling unwell or have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in the last 48 hours. This is so that we can stop the spread of norovirus and continue to provide our patients with the best possible care."

For more information on norovirus and preventative measures visit