Bug case rise around Great Yarmouth prompts investigation

CONCERN has been raised by doctors across NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney over the prevalence of a sickness bug in the area.

Members of the public are being reminded of the importance of not visiting the hospital or relatives in community healthcare settings if they are unwell following a small number of cases of group A streptococcal (GAS).

Though it is not unusual to see an increase in cases of the bug at this time of year, the number in the community and at the hospital is causing concern for the Trust and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney and is currently being investigated.

Since January 1, 14 cases of GAS have been identified, seven were iGAS, a third of which have been admitted directly from the community. Not all cases involve the same strain.

The general public can assist by only coming to A&E as a patient if they are sure they need to. If in any doubt, the public are asked to please contact their GP for further advice.

Visitors and family and friends of patients are advised not to come to the hospital if they have a sore throat, skin infection or flu like symptoms.

The spread of such bugs can be reduced by good hygiene, such as regularly washing your hands with soap. Cuts, grazes and other wounds should also be kept clean and be mindful of any signs of infection.