Winter vomiting bug

The illness is unpleasant but usually short-lived and the NHS is asking all of us to take some simple precautions to help stop its spread.

If you suffer from infectious gastroenteritis, with symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting, you should stay at home and rest for two-three days. Make sure you wash your
hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating and after going to the toilet.

“This is an unpleasant illness, but the symptoms will usually pass if you stay at home and rest for two to three days,” says Walthamstow GP, Dr Gabriel Ivbijaro. “If you are suffering from diarrhoea and vomiting, please do not go to your GP or your local A&E department. You should stay away from schools and day centres and not visit friends in hospital or care homes as people there are particularly susceptible to picking up the bug.

“If you are suffering from symptoms, you should be extra careful about washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating and after going to the toilet. You shouldn’t be preparing food for others.”

Norovirus top tips:

  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water
  • Do not handle or prepare food for other people
  • Stay away from work or school or day centres for 48 hours after symptoms stop
  • Stay away from friends and family who may be in hospital or care homes
  • Do not go to your GP or hospital A&E department for treatment – you will recover naturally after a couple of days
  • If your symptoms become very severe and persistent, call your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.