Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Suffolk/Essex: Help stop the spread of norovirus

14 November, 2012 - 13:55
Hand washing is vital to contain the norovirus

Hand washing is vital to contain the norovirus

© Jorge Salcedo, 2007

VISITORS to Ipswich Hospital this winter will be able to see just how dirty their hands really are with new ultraviolet light technology.

shares

As the hospital tries to avoid any cases of the winter vomiting bug, known as norovirus, special UV light boxes will be installed in hospital entrances to help people see bacteria that is invisible to the naked eye.

So far this winter there have been no reported cases of norovirus at either Ipswich Hospital or West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

An Ipswich Hospital spokeswoman said: “It’s a great thing to do because it shows you the importance of proper, thorough hand washing.”

A spokeswoman for the West Suffolk Hospital added: “Norovirus is very infectious and every year there are cases in the community which transfer to the hospital.

“We would also ask visitors to be vigilant and clean their hands using soap and water when they arrive and before they leave as the alcohol gel is not effective against norovirus.”

At Colchester General Hospital there have been 10 cases so far, leading to one short ward closure, but there are no reported cases at the site at present.

A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust said: “So far this winter, we have had 10 cases which were on three wards – all surgical wards.

“These were successfully contained and managed by closing bays to new admissions and, in one case, closing a ward to new admissions for a period of five days.

“Constant vigilance is our watchword.”

Members of the public can help hospital staff by making sure that if they have diarrhoea and/or vomiting, they stay away from visiting until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

shares

0 comments

Should cyclists be allowed to go through red traffic lights when it is safe?

A cyclist rode through a red light and turned left while I was walking the dog this week. It was 6.20am, there was no other traffic so no risk but, officially, the cyclist had broken the law.

The A11 at Elveden.

An air ambulance landed on the A11 at Elveden this afternoon to help a woman who was involved in a car crash.

Halifax Town v Braintree Town - Kenny Davis

Braintree Town take on Altrincham, needing just a point to secure a place in the National League play-offs.

Waterloo Road in Ipswich.

Police helped control traffic as firefighters extinguished a car blaze.

Braintree Town have secured a place in the National League play-offs

Braintree Town set-up a two-legged National League play-off semi –final with Grimsby following their 3-0 win over Altrincham, a result which also relegated the visitors.

Stock picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service fire engines.

Firefighters helped free a man who was trapped in his car after it collided with a tree.

Malcolm Metcalf at the Old Cattle Market bus station in Ipswich.

An 82-year-old man who set himself the challenge of travelling around England on his bus pass has made his stop in Ipswich.

Match Centre

Live match updates from Ipswich Town’s final home game of the season, against Milton Keynes Dons.

Neighbours objecting to the original proposed demolition of Woodbridge police station for housing

Plans to turn an empty police station into housing have been knocked back at the second time of asking.

Firefighters were called to a caravan blaze at Heybridge.

A woman and a child were treated for smoke inhalation after a static caravan was destroyed by fire in Essex.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24