Norovirus Update from North Norfolk CCG Infection Control Team


Please note that we have received information from the North Norfolk NHS CCG Infection Control Team regarding Norovirus activity at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn.

Standard IPC precautions should always be followed in cases of patient care, however, the Norovirus fact sheet does highlight the limited effectiveness of alcohol gel for hand hygiene against Norovirus. This said, best practice is to wash hands with liquid soap and water. Where soap and water are unavailable, then Clinell wipes should be utilised, followed by alcohol gel. The fact sheet should include all the info needed with regards to symptoms, appropriate admissions, PPE, clinical waste/linen and patient handover.

Vehicle decontamination should be the practice of using Clinell wipes to perform the ‘in between patient clean’ of all equipment and surfaces (where bodily fluids are not present). In the case of bodily fluids being present the vehicle must be removed from service and decontaminated using the process as per the vehicle cleaning manual. This does not change due to Norovirus being present and is always the best practice for decontaminating vehicles.

The IPC Team will endeavour to have someone present at the hospitals at some point next week in order to conduct our usual staff practice and vehicle audits and to continue to raise awareness and promote best practice.

If you have any concerns please contact Shaun Watkins.

Published 7th December 2018

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