Local doctors have issued a warning to local people in response to rising rates of norovirus in Waltham Forest and Redbridge.
In a joint statement, the medical directors for Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone; and King George Hospital and Queen’s Hospitals (in Goodmayes and Romford) have called for the support of residents to limit the spread of infection and keep vulnerable patients safe.
Dr Heather Noble, Medical Director at Whipps Cross, and Dr Magda Smith, Acting Medical Director at BHRUT, said:
“Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, isn’t nice for anyone. It’s highly contagious and can severely affect vulnerable patients in hospital.
"Please, if you, or your child or family member have diarrhoea and vomiting, do everything you can to stay away from hospital for at least two days after your symptoms have cleared.
"Please don’t come to our Emergency Departments with these symptoms, and if you or a close contact has been suffering, please don’t come for outpatient appointments or to visit friends and relatives.
"In most cases the best way to treat norovirus is by staying at home, getting plenty of rest and keeping hydrated with lots of water-based drinks (nothing fizzy). To help limit the spread you should wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water.
"Following this advice not only helps you and your loved ones but also your local NHS. Get more advice here or by calling 111.”
Whipps Cross Hospital has already seen an increase in patients with symptoms and is therefore asking for visits to be limited to two people and for visitors to not bring any unnecessary items or food into the hospital.