Hospital’s winter bug warning

HOSPITAL managers at Glangwili are urging patients and visitors to help them stop winter bugs spreading.

They say outbreaks can put pressures on wards.

The Hywel Dda Health Board is asking people suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting or flu to not visit any hospital or care facility.

They say most people will make a full recovery within a couple of days.

There is no specific treatment and apart from the risk of dehydration, the illness is not generally dangerous and there are usually no long- lasting effects.

It is important to have plenty to drink and, if you feel the need, paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains.

To reduce the risk of passing it onto others, wash your hands regularly and stay at home until you are clear of symptoms for 48 hours.

It said people with symptoms should follow five steps:

1. Careful hand washing is the most important preventative measure that you can take. Do not share towels.

2. Use gloves when handling soiled articles from ill people. Wash soiled clothing and bed linen on ‘hot cycle’.

3. If looking after someone with sickness and diarrhoea, carefully disinfect toilet seats, flush handles, wash-hand basin taps and toilet door handles daily and after use. Use a bleach-based household cleaner.

4. Maintain good personal hygiene and hygienic preparation and serving of food.

5. Do not return to school or work until you have been symptom-free for 48 hours. Do not visit patients in local hospitals and long-term care facilities. While many people tend to feel better sooner, illness can still be spread.

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