Mainland Hospitals Warning On Norovirus Spread

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

Relatives and carers traveling to mainland hospitals are being asked to help reduce the risk of spreading norovirus.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust wants islanders to phone wards at Treliske or the West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance before making the trip.

Director of infection prevention, Louise Dickinson, says there has been an increase in the number of patients with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

She says that where it is necessary to come into the hospital, they are asking that the number of visitors is kept to an absolute minimum. No more than two people at a time and young children should also avoid visiting.

In most cases, norovirus is generally mild and people usually recover fully within two to three days.