Help keep winter infections out of Basildon hospital

VISITORS are being asked not to come to Basildon Hospital this winter if they have had diarrhoea, sickness or flu-like illness in the last 48 hours.

Viruses are common during the winter months and are easily spread from person to person. Although they are unpleasant for most people, they can be a greater risk for people who are already ill.

There are some very simple things people can do to help prevent the spread of infection to patients and staff in our hospitals:

Do not visit friends and relatives if you have had diarrhoea or sickness in the last 48 hours.

Do not visit friends and relatives if you have a heavy cold or flu-like symptoms. Cover coughs and sneezes and throw your tissues in a bin and then wash your hands.

Please wash and dry your hands and use the alcohol foam provided when you get to the ward and again when you leave.

Please do not sit on patient beds – use the visitor’s chairs provided.

Celia Skinner, Medical Director and Infection Control lead, said: “We need everyone’s help to keep Basildon Hospital healthy this winter. Asking people to think carefully before they visit a loved one is part of this.”

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