Help Us, Help Yourself Beat Norovirus


We would like to ask that visitors to our hospitals are restricted to 1 or 2 per bed, during the current Norovirus outbreak, which is affecting hospitals across Northern Ireland.

Norovirus is a very infectious vomiting and diarrhoea bug which is circulating across Northern Ireland at present. Symptoms are self-limiting and generally last for 24-48 hours.

Please avoid visiting anyone in hospital or a care home during this time if you have any vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

It's not always possible to avoid getting Norovirus, but following the advice below can help stop the virus spreading.

•Stay off work or school until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed.

•Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food. Don't rely on hand gels, as they do not kill the virus.

•Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated. It's best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.

•Wash any items of clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated separately to ensure the virus is killed.

•Flush away any vomit or diarrhoea spills in the toilet and clean the surrounding area.

Seek medical advice if you are concerned about:

• Affected babies, small children or the elderly as they may need help being rehydrated,
• An underlying medical condition or illness,
• Symptoms which last more than three days.

Further tips to help yourself, your family, and when visiting hospitals or care homes can be accessed from the link below >>