Infection Prevention and Control
Our aim is to provide clean, safe care for all of our patients and Infection Control is the responsibility of everyone working here at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Our staff are supported to minimise the spread of infection through processes, advice and education provided by our Infection Control Team.
Norovirus in the community
We are currently experiencing suspected cases of norovirus within the community.
The symptoms of norovirus are diarrhoea which may be accompanied by vomiting. In some cases vomiting may be the only symptom. It usually lasts for about 24 – 48 hours, but unfortunately, the affected person can continue to shed the virus for up to 48 hours after the last episode of diarrhoea and/or vomiting.
For this reason we ask that you do not visit the hospital if you have these symptoms, as this can easily spread to other patients and staff.
For more information on the norovirus please visit http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx
Concerned about infections?
If you are a patient at our hospital, or a relative of one of our patients, and are concerned about an infection issue we recommend you speak to the nurse in charge of the ward or department, who will then liaise with the infection control staff. Should you have a concern please raise it immediately with the ward staff. When reporting concerns, please try to give us as much information as possible, as this will help us to sort any problems highlighted, as quickly as possible. For more information on antibiotics, MRSA, C.diff or Viral Gastroenteritis, please see the relevant leaflets below: