29th March 2020

Update on Norovirus ward restrictions at Musgrove Park Hospital

Musgrove Park Hospital is currently experiencing cases of norovirus, which may have been brought in by people who have had the illness out in the community.

For this reason, the hospital asks everyone visiting patients to make it their responsibility to ensure they do not bring any illnesses in with them.

This means if people have had vomiting or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours they should not attend the hospital unless they urgently need care or treatment.

The following areas currently have restrictions in place:

Gould / Conservators / Exmoor
Fielding Bays B&C

If you are planning to visit patients on a ward which has restrictions in place due to Norovirus please note the following:

  • Visiting is restricted to close family and friends only.
  • Use alcohol gel at the entrance on arrival.
  • To reduce spread of Norovirus, do not visit other areas in hospital after your visit.
  • Follow any other instructions given to you by staff.

If you do visit wards where there is Norovirus your hands must be washed thoroughly with soap and water before you leave the ward.

If you have any questions please contact the Ward directly.

You can help keep reduce the risk of norovirus and other infections at Musgrove:

  • Do not visit the hospital if you have had any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days.
  • If visiting in the hospital clean your hands with the alcohol gel at the entrance to the ward or department
  • The hospital knows that schools and nurseries can often be affected with norovirus it therefore asks at this time that children aged 11 and under (except on the Children’s and Maternity wards) should not visit patients in the hospital unless absolutely necessary.
  • Visiting on wards affected with norovirus is restricted to close family and friends only.
  • Information on any wards affected is available on the trust website. If you do visit wards where there is norovirus your hands must be washed with soap and water before you leave the ward you leave.
  • Please note that alcohol gel alone is not effective against Norovirus. If visiting a ward affected by norovirus hands should be washed with soap and water before leaving the ward.

For more information about Norovirus please click here.