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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Fight is on to halt hospital bug

PATIENTS, visitors and hospital staff are being urged to be aware of the risks of a highly contagious hospital bug.

Following an outbreak of the norovirus at its Royal Lancaster Infirmary site, the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Furness General Hospital, is reminding people they play a vital role in keeping it away from vulnerable patients.

The winter vomiting bug, which also causes diarrhoea, is easily spread through contact with an infected person or through contaminated food, drinks, surfaces or objects.

Those visiting FGH are urged to take extra care, washing their hands with soap and water before entering, as alcohol gel is not effective against the norovirus. For more details visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/Norovirus or call NHS Direct on 0845-4647.

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