NHS Launch Winter Norovirus Campaign

St Mary's Hospital

The NHS in Scilly and Cornwall are advising islanders visiting hospitals to be aware of the highly infectious norovirus, which causes sickness and diarrhoea.

The bug has, in previous years, forced the temporary closure of hospital wards and services.

They are launching a “Say No to Noro” campaign to encourage people to adopt simple hygiene measures, including hand washing, to prevent spread.

In particular, they’re asking people who may have the bug to adopt a “responsible visiting” approach.

Anyone who has had diarrhoea and/or vomiting, or has been in contact with someone showing these symptoms, should avoid visiting health care settings for a minimum of 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped.