Six wards have been closed at Pilgrim Hospital following an outbreak of norovirus.
The bug can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
“Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach bugs,” said Dr Suneil Kapadia, medical director at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. “The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects.
“Around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected, the virus causes sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea.”
Hospital sources say fewer patients and staff now have active symptoms, but restrictions are still in place to help protect our patients, visitors and our staff.
Anyone who wants to visit a friend or relative at Pilgrim Hospital (pictured) is asked to ring the ward before visiting.
The ward will then advise whether it is appropriate to come to the hospital or not.
“Our staff are doing a fantastic job in containing the outbreak and supporting patients and families,” added Dr Kapadia.
“I’d also like to thank all those people who have stayed away from hospital.
“However we need more people to stay away, even if their symptoms are mild.
“Before visiting a loved one in hospital, please call ahead to talk to staff to make sure it’s the best thing to do. Keep patients safe. Don’t bring norovirus into hospital”.
The wards and beds will only reopen for admissions once the patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for up to 72 hours.
Then the wards will need to be deep cleaned to eliminate all signs of the virus.
If you have norovirus, the best things you can do are rest, and take plenty of non-caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.
Wards can be contacted via switchboard on 01205 364801.
People worried about prolonged symptoms, should contact NHS 111 or ring their GP surgery. They will provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting, such as children under the age of five or the elderly.