'Isolated' norovirus cases sparks plea to kids not to visit Musgrove Park Hospital

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PRIMARY school youngsters are being urged not to visit patients at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital other than in the children’s and maternity wards.

Medical director Dr Colin Close made the plea in the wake of “isolated cases” of norovirus, the winter vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

He said: “It’s particularly important that children aged 11 and under don’t visit patients in hospital unless absolutely necessary because we know junior schools and nurseries are often most affected by norovirus, and therefore attendances by young children will increase the chance of spreading any bugs in Musgrove.”

Other restrictions include:

  • People should not visit Musgrove if they have had diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous two days;
  • Visitors should clean their hands thoroughly with alcohol gel at the entrance to every ward or department;
  • Only close family and friends can visit wards affected by norovirus, and should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before leaving.

Dr Close said: “We want to look after our patients as well as we can, and these restrictions play an important role in helping us do that this winter.”

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