HEALTH chiefs are urging residents to avoid hospitals if they have norovirus, the winter vomiting bug.

There have been a number of outbreaks of the highly contagious stomach bug in Leigh and people are being asked to remain at home if they have it.

GP Dr Tim Dalton said: “Norovirus is highly contagious and will spread very easily and rapidly. If you have got the symptoms please stay in bed, drink small amounts of water regularly, eat if you can but don’t worry if you are unable, and take some paracetamol. You should start to feel better after a day or two.

“Please don’t immediately go to your doctor or to A&E as there is very little we can do and you will pass the virus on to others. Equally, avoid visiting people in hospital when you are ill.”