Winter vomiting and influenza information for patients and visitors


Seasonal bugs such as Norovirus and flu are common over winter months and visitors coming to the hospital are asked to help minimise the spread of infection.


At this time there are no hospital-wide restrictions on visiting however there may be restrictions on some wards and we would ask you to look out for messages at the entrance to the ward.


In order to protect vulnerable patients who are already unwell, as well as their carers, our normal seasonal message applies to all hospital visitors:

  • Please follow the 48 hour rule – do not visit hospital if you, or the people you live with, have had diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours.
  • Please wash your hands with soap and water on entering and leaving wards or departments.
  • No more than 2 visitors per patient.
  • Children under the age of 12 should not visit where at all possible.


If you are unsure whether to visit, please feel free to contact the ward nurse before you come into hospital.


Thank you for your support.  For more information on Norovirus or flu please visit the NHS Choices website.