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Cornwall's main hospital back on 'black alert'

Cornwall's main hospital back on 'black alert'

Published by Emma Carton at 3:59pm 26th June 2019. (Updated at 4:18pm 26th June 2019)

Three wards at Cornwall's biggest hospital are currently closed because of norovirus.

An urgent care manager has tweeted to say Treliske is under "significant pressure".

The Royal Cornwall has declared its highest level of alert, known as Opel Four.

NHS Kernow is urging anyone with symptoms of the sickness bug to stay away.

What is norovirus and how can I fight it?

Norovirus is most commonly known as the winter vomiting bug, so cases at this time of year are unusual.

At the end of last week, Pirate FM told you cases have been reported in hospitals and schools.

The following simple precautions can help reduce the spread of norovirus:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration
  • Have plenty of rest
  • Thorough hand washing to prevent others becoming infected. Always clean your hands with soap and hot water when entering and leaving a hospital, nursing home or anywhere else where there are vulnerable people
  • Do not handle or prepare food for other people for a minimum of 48 hours until symptom free
  • Avoid contact with anyone suffering from the virus for two to three days after they are completely free of symptoms
  • Medical advice should be sought if symptoms continue beyond 48 hours
  • Call the NHS 111 helpline if symptoms do not quickly subside or you have additional concerns - visit NHS Choices website or your pharmacist for more advice.
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Cornwall's biggest hospital has had to close three wards because of norovirus and Treliske has declared a 'black alert'

"Cases of Norovirus continue to affect our hospitals and care homes, so we need everyone to reduce the spread of the virus by remembering the basic rules of good hygiene.

"This will help reduce the spread of infections. You can reduce the risk by washing your hands properly and avoiding contact with people with symptoms.

"If you do get a bug like this, please don’t visit someone in a hospital or care home for at least three days after symptoms have disappeared, otherwise you could be putting vulnerable people at risk. This will make sure seriously ill people can recover and hospitals and care homes can perform as they need to. Staff can plan for hospital visits from people who have Norovirus in exceptional circumstances if they are forewarned.

"People with suspected Norovirus who have hospital outpatients appointments should telephone outpatients to establish if it is appropriate for them to attend, and anyone needing emergency care should declare their symptoms as soon as they arrive".

Lisa Johnson, NHS Kernow

Where else can I go for treatment?

Minor injury units:

Bodmin Community Hospital (01208 251577) 
Camborne Redruth Community Hospital (01209 318010) 
Falmouth Community Hospital (01326 430030)
Helston Community Hospital (01326 430205)
Launceston Community Hospital (01566 761030)
Liskeard Community Hospital (01579 373510)
Newquay Community Hospital (01637 834820)
St Austell Community Hospital (01726 873010) 
St Mary's Community Hospital (01720 422392)
Stratton Community Hospital (01288 320101)

If you are not sure whether your injury is minor and can be treated in a minor injury unit, contact your local unit using the details below, or call NHS 111

You can find more advice on where else to go for treatment here.

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