Public urged to 'visit responsibly' to protect patients from sickness bug
People wishing to visit patients in Torbay Hospital are being asked to think carefully before visiting to help combat the spread of the 'winter vomiting bug', Norovirus.
A number of wards at Torbay Hospital are currently affected by the virus.
Norovirus causes sickness and diarrhoea and is a common virus which circulates in the community and is usually more prevalent in the winter. Most people will recover from the bug within a few days, but will remain contagious for some time after the symptoms have disappeared. For hospital patients, who can often be more vulnerable due to existing illness or injury, the bug can have a more serious impact on their health.
If you are feeling unwell, or actually have diarrhoea or vomiting, please don't come into the hospital either as a patient or visitor for at least 48 hours after the last symptom has disappeared. If you become unwell whilst you are visiting then please tell someone in charge, even if you were ill in a toilet. Also, if you are due to attend an outpatient appointment or have and have been ill, surgery then please ring the hospital and let them know.