Winter vomiting: advice for Ninewells visitors

NHS Tayside is asking the public and visitors to hospitals in their area for their continuing support to help prevent the spread of winter vomiting virus (norovirus) in the hospital.

The winter vomiting bug, which is also called norovirus, is known to be circulating in the community at the moment and three wards at Ninewells - wards 1, 5 and 6 - are currently closed to new admissions.

The closures are a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus and all appropriate infection control measures have been put in place.

Lead Infection Control Doctor for NHS Tayside Dr Gabby Phillips, said: “As is the case in the community, our hospitals also see an increase in the number of people with norovirus at this time of year.

“We are now seeing that seasonal increase in people suffering from vomiting and diarrhoea at Ninewells and it looks likely to last several days.

“That is why we’re asking all visitors to think carefully about visiting their relatives and friends while this virus is circulating. You can really help us and our patients by not visiting if you yourself are feeling unwell and have vomiting and diarrhoea. If you are unwell, you must stay at home until you have had no symptoms for 48 hours.

“If you are visiting relatives or friends in the identified wards, please make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before going into the ward area and again when you leave.

“Good hand hygiene and making sure you don’t touch any clinical equipment are simple but sensible precautions which can safeguard the health and wellbeing of our patients and help reduce the spread of the winter vomiting virus.

“We would also ask anyone visiting relatives in identified wards to try to make sure there are only two visitors at a patient’s bedside at any one time.

“There are already posters at the entrances to all the wards identified to remind visitors of the simple steps they can take to help us and we will also be putting up reminders at the front door of the hospital.

“We would like to thank visitors and public for their ongoing support and cooperation.”