Visitors with tummy bugs asked to stay away from hospital

Visitors to hospital are being asked to stay away if they are ill with vomiting or diarrhoea.


The call comes after an outbreak of norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, temporarily closed Ward 14A at Southport and Formby District General Hospital over Christmas.


Andrew Chalmers, Consultant Nurse and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said:


Norovirus is highly infectious and is circulating in the local community.

“Patients’ friends and family who have symptoms of either diarrhoea or vomiting should not visit the hospital until they are symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

“Also, if the patient you want to visit has these symptoms, my advice is to delay your visit until their symptoms have resolved. In circumstances where this is not possible, please make arrangements in advance of visiting by telephoning the ward sister.”

Anyone who has experienced sickness or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours should stay away from hospitals and other healthcare providers, as either a visitor or a patient, except in a genuine medical emergency.

Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.

Andrew added: 

Norovirus is short-lived but very unpleasant. You don’t want it and our patients certainly don’t.  If you’re affected, stay at home, drink plenty of fluids, wash your hands after using the toilet and prior to eating, and clean or disinfect contaminated surfaces.”


Pub-goers can enjoy a January Sale at The Lifeboat in Formby.

Manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe is reducing the price on a range of drinks at the Wetherspoon pub in 

Three Tuns Lane from Wednesday January 2 until Thursday January 17 inclusive. Jan Sale Drinks_1

The drinks featured in the sale are; a craft beer (Shipyard), one lager (Coors Light), two ciders 

(Strongbow Dark Fruit and Magners), Guinness, a guest ale, a selection of wines including three from 

Coldwater Creek (red, white and rose), three spirits; Gordon's gin, Gordon's pink gin and Smirnoff 

vodka (all inclusive of a mixer), six soft drinks; Old Jamaica Ginger Beer, ting (grapefruit crush), 

Pepsi Max, R Whites Lemonade, diet Pepsi and San Pellegrino (lemon and blood orange), as well as 

cocktail pitchers.

The sale prices include a pint of Shipyard at £2.29, a pint of Coors Light at £2.49, a glass of Coldwater 

Creek wine (175ml glass) at £2.60, a pint of Guinness at £2.99, a pint of Magners at £1.89, Gordon's 

gin (single measure with mixer) at £2.85 and San Pellegrino at 99p.

Ashleigh-Jane said:

"Department stores and shops hold their sales in January, so it is the perfect time to 

have a sale in the pub too.

"The range of drinks on sale in the pub is aimed at suiting a wide variety of tastes.

"I believe that the January Sale will prove popular with our customers.

"As always, staff at the pub will serve customers responsibly."