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04 February 2013

Visiting times restricted at Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Heart Institute

The winter vomiting bug norovirus is circulating in the community in Bristol.  The virus is frequently brought into hospitals by visitors or patients and is easily spread by contact with people suffering diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V). There are three wards currently closed to new admissions due to D&V across the Bristol Royal Infirmary site.

To help contain the spread of D&V the Trust is currently restricting visiting to one hour a day between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in the following areas:

*             Bristol Royal Infirmary Queen's Building

*             Bristol Royal Infirmary King Edward Building

*             Bristol Royal Infirmary Old Building

*             Bristol Heart Institute

In addition, only two visitors are allowed per bed with no change of visitors during a visiting session.

Restrictions are under constant review.

James Rimmer, Chief Operating Officer, says: "We do everything we can to prevent and control infection in our hospitals.  We need to remind people to avoid visiting hospital if they have had symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting in the previous 48 hours.

We understand that people will want to visit family and friends in hospital, but we are asking people to keep visiting to a minimum so that we can continue to provide our patients with the best possible care."