Visitors asked to check their own health first

Visitors asked to check their own health first

Staff at Salisbury District Hospital would like visitors and relative- as a precautionary measure – not to go into the hospital if they have had ‘flu like’ symptoms, diarrhoea or vomiting during the few days before an intended visit.

Fiona McCarthy, senior nurse in Infection Prevention and Control said: “It’s important we take every opportunity to reduce risk to patients and staff and this will help us protect patients from infection and reduce potential for infections to take hold on hospital wards.

They should not visit if they have had , or have been in contact with someone who has flu-like symptoms: fever, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches and pains, or vomiting and diarrhoea within the previous 48 hours.

Sister McCarthy added: “Sometimes visitors feel they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives. But if they, themselves, have been unwell, they could be putting others at risk. Notices at ward entrances provide advice. If you’re unsure whether to visit, please contact the ward nurse before you come into hospital.”

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