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Winter advice from the CCG

09/01/2018

Winter pressures and outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting

The CCG is urging members of the public to only use health services if they really need to and manage minor conditions such as a cough or cold at home.   We are also urging patients with diarrhoea to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary for them to seek medical help.  

We are aware that outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting are impacting on the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH).   This means that visiting at the PRUH is currently restricted  - regular updates are available on the hospital website.  

If you have diarrhoea, please stay at home and please do not visit health services unless it is absolutely necessary.  Most cases of diarrhoea will pass in a few days.  Please drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated.  Visit NHS Choices for more advice on treating your symptoms.

 Please help us to reduce the spread of norovirus and: 

  • Avoid attending A&E if possible, unless the symptoms are severe or patients have complicating factors.
  • Avoid food preparation (especially for others) if possible until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.
  • Not visit people in hospital or in care homes until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.
  • Stay off work whilst unwell and for 48 hours after symptoms have resolved.
  • Parents should be advised to keep affected children away from school, nursery, playgroup or child-minding services whilst they are unwell, and for 48 hours after the child has recovered. 

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Healthwatch Bexley

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Phone: 0208 304 9344

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