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29 November 2017

Preventing the spread of infections

Families are being asked to not bring young siblings in to visit patients at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children if they are feeling unwell or have recently had respiratory conditions, diarrhoea or vomiting.

The number of cases of respiratory conditions as well as diarrhoea and vomiting recorded in the community normally increases at this time of year and it is particularly important that people help to prevent the spread of these illnesses, especially to vulnerable patients.

One way to prevent the spread of illness is by not visiting acute or community hospitals if you or any members of your family have had diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours.

Fiona Beveridge, a matron at the children's hospital, said:  "We would ask that all our patients and visitors help us to keep infections such as diarrhoea and vomiting or respiratory conditions at bay.

"If you, or anyone in your household, has experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or any flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours, then please don't visit our hospital.

"If you have young children who have been unwell or recently had these conditions then please don't bring them into visit their siblings in hospital until they are better to help reduce the risk of infections spreading.

"If you are not sure whether you or your loved ones would be safe to visit, then please do feel free to ring up and speak to our ward staff, who will be happy to give you advice."

Good hand hygiene can help to limit the spread of infections and there are some simple steps that people can take. The following advice is particularly important for people who have diarrhoea or vomiting:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water, particularly after using the toilet, and before preparing food or eating. If you're in an NHS facility, pay attention to hand hygiene notices such as using hand gel upon entering and leaving a ward. Please also dry your hands thoroughly.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner. Always follow the instructions on the cleaning product.
  • Flush away any faeces or vomit in the toilet. You should also keep the surrounding toilet area clean and hygienic.
  • Wash any clothing, or linens, which could have become contaminated. Washing with hot, soapy water will help to ensure that the virus is killed.