Norovirus – visitor restrictions in place

We are working hard to contain an outbreak of norovirus (winter vomiting bug) in the hospital which is affecting multiple wards. To help us do this we are restricting visiting on all wards.

This means visitors should only come to the hospital if it is absolutely essential (see below). Before you come to visit please call the ward first for advice. All ward numbers can be found here: https://www.yeovilhospital.co.uk/contact-us/#wards

Outpatient clinics are running, please attend your appointment as normal.

By being a responsible visitor you can help us contain and stop the norovirus outbreak, helping to keep our patients, visitors and staff safe from infection.

Essential visits will include those to:   

  • Inpatient children

  • Those in critical care

  • Those receiving end of life care

  • Those with complex needs, such as dementia, whose care and wellbeing you are supporting.

In all instances, the following restrictions apply:

  • No more than two visitors to a patient at one time

  • Visitors must wash hands with soap and water before and after entering the ward

  • Children under 12 years old should not visit the wards.

This step has not been taken lightly but is required for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff.

Everyone can play their part in controlling the spread of norovirus, within the hospital and in the community, by following these two steps:

1.    If you have had vomiting or diarrhoea, do not visit the hospital until you have been clear of symptoms for at least 72 hours

2.    Carefully wash your hands with soap and water after visiting the bathroom and before preparing and eating food and drink

Remember, alcohol gel does not work against norovirus.

For more information on norovirus, and handwashing guidance, click here