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Norovirus, better known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

The virus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. As there is no specific cure, you have to let it run its course, but it should not last more than a couple of days. If you get norovirus, make sure you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and practice good hygiene to help prevent it from spreading. 

Find out more about norovirus.

  • Please do not visit healthcare facilities, like hospitals, if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours (even  if these were mild symptoms)
  • Do not visit friends or relatives in hospital if you have had or been in contact with anyone who has diarrhoea and/or vomiting in the last 48 hours
  • Always wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap. You should always do this after using the toilet and before preparing food. This is good practice whether or not you have symptoms
  • If you, or someone you care for, needs medical advice call NHS 111 or call your GP surgery in the first instance.


Norovirus: Young Families
This short film shows what happens when a mother, worried about her young child who has been sick, takes him to her local hospital to seek treatment as her first point of contact for help. He is relatively lively and doesn’t mind who shares his infection.

Norovirus: Hospital Visitors

This film looks at the impact of norovirus in hospitals and healthcare settings through the eyes of a hospital patient and his visitor. When John, despite suffering D&V feels he must visit a friend in hospital, it’s not just a book he takes as a gift to the ward.

Norovirus: Overall Information

This film gives over information about Norovirus

Norovirus: Students

This clip shows how norovirus can spread within an Accident and Emergency or Minor Injury Unit setting.