HEALTH chiefs are warning people to watch out for the symptoms of norovirus after an outbreak led to a ward closure at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.
Anyone experiencing the symptoms of the highly infectious condition - which can include severe vomiting and diarrhoea - is urged not to visit the hospital and stay at home until they have been symptom free for at least 72 hours.
Diane Simpson, senior matron for infection prevention and control, said: “We’ve had an outbreak on Basil ward and closed it to reduce the risk of cross-infection to other wards and departments.
“We’re taking all of the usual precautions in terms of cleaning and good hand hygiene to complement that and will continue to do everything we can to prevent it spreading but we need help from the general public to do it.”
Norovirus can survive on surfaces for days and spread by coming into contact with an infected person, touching surfaces or objects that haven’t been cleaned and eating contaminated food.
Other symptoms include a temperature, headache, stomach cramps and aching limbs.
Advice is to wash hands before and after going to the toilet, keep surfaces clean and do not go back to work or visit areas with lots of people.
If symptoms persist or you become concerned call your GP or telephone NHS Direct on 0845 4647.