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Norovirus - Self care advice

Advice has been issued by Wirral University Teaching Hospital for people with symptoms of Norovirus, who are urged not to attend hospital but to remain at home and allow symptoms to clear.

Norovirus is circulating in the local community however there is no specific treatment and it usually clears within a few days. To alleviate symptoms, people can take paracetamol as per instructions and should drink plenty of fluids.


Members of the public who have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting are asked to stay away from others, particularly hospitals and GP surgeries to prevent the spread of the virus.

Rather than coming into hospital, people are asked to call NHS 111 if they need assistance.

Anyone who has had Norovirus in the past 48 hours should not visit patients at Wirral University Teaching Hospital until they have been feeling well and symptom free for at least two days. This is vital to promote the safety of our vulnerable patients and avoid the spread in hospital.

To protect our patients from the spread of norovirus, all visitors must wash their hands with the soap and water when entering or leaving the wards and departments. They must not visit patients if they feel unwell themselves.

Paul Moore, Acting Chief Nurse at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “Anyone who has symptoms of Norovirus is asked to please remain at home until they have been clear of symptoms of the virus for 48 hours.

“For those who require medical advice where it is not an emergency, they can call NHS 111 at any time of the day.

“To protect our patients, we are also asking visitors to help prevent norovirus being brought into our hospitals from the community. We are asking them not to visit until they have been free of Norovirus symptoms for 48 hours.

“We would like to thank members of the public for their assistance at this time.”

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