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Norovirus Advice

Norovirus is 'winter vomiting' illness, at this time of year cases of vomiting and diarrhoea cases increases demand across health and social care services.  To try and do as much as possible to prevent norovirus spreading and to decrease demand, NHS Bedfordshire will be informing you weekly of the norovirus alert level.  This is to ensure all care providers across the county are prepared to manage increased cases of norovirus and limit the number of avoidable admissions to hospital.  Appendix 1 is an example of the bulletin that will be sent to you for information.

 

As alert levels increase, each care provider will need to instigate local actions.  Definitions of alert levels are included in Appendix 2 and actions for each service provider (Appendix 3).

 

The current national level for Norovirus is below the expected level

 

Also available below are an advice sheet (Appendix 4) for care homes which includes information on caring for a resident showing symptoms of norovirus and when to contact a GP and emergency services and a recognition and management flowchart (Appendix 5).

 

If you are aware of local cases or outbreaks, please notify NHS Bedfordshire's central infection control email address (bedfordinfectioncontrol@nhs.net). If you have any queries regarding this information or general concerns please direct them to that email address and they will ensure you receive a response as soon as possible.

 

Appendices

Appendix  1 - Example bulletin

Appendix 2 - Definitions of alert levels

Appendix 3 - Actions for service providers

Appendix 4 - Advice sheet for care homes

Appendix 5 - Norovirus recognition and management flowchart

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Bedford Borough Council is responsible for social care services within the borough. This section explains how we support people of all ages who may need care either at home or in another setting.

 


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