Advice on stopping spread of viruses

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Nurses from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of how residents and hospital visitors can help reduce the spread of bugs this winter.

As part of International Infection Prevention Week 2013 – from October 20 to 26 – the Trust’s infection control team is educating people about norovirus and their role in helping to prevent its spread.

Trust staff will be reinforcing the message that people with symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting should not visit loved ones in hospital to prevent the virus from affecting patients.

And staff are also stressing the importance of good hand hygiene in helping to control the spread of bugs during the winter and throughout the year.

Catherine Stokoe, lead nurse for infection prevention and control at the healthcare trust, said: “It is vital that people play their part in helping to reduce the spread of the virus and other winter bugs.”

The team will be giving advice on aspects of infection control and demonstrating good hand hygiene techniques at Asda in Manor Walks, Cramlington, today (Thursday) from 1pm to 3pm.