ALL three acute hospitals in Worcestershire are still closed to visitors two weeks after the second outbreak of norovirus in the county this year.

Wards at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Reddich’s Alexandra Hospital were closed to visitors following the outbreak on Monday, February 24 and family members and friends of patients are still being asked to avoid visiting unless their visit is absolutely essential.

Another outbreak of norovirus in the county closed wards earlier in February, but they re-opened within a week.

Limiting the number of people coming into hospital wards significantly reduces the risk of norovirus spreading.

Those who believe their visit is essential should telephone the ward directly for advice.

People who have experienced diarrhoea or vomiting are asked not to go to hospital until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

There is no treatment for norovirus apart from letting the illness run its course.

People suffering from norovirus are advised to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, was their hands thoroughly after using the toilet and not preparing food for others until at least 48 hours after the symptoms have subsided.

Towels and flannels should also not be shared and all surfaces should be thoroughly disinfected. Telephone your GP or NHS 111 for advice if the symptoms do not quickly subside or you have additional concerns.

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For advice call your GP or NHS 111.