Hospital ward closures after norovirus outbreak

PUBLISHED: 14:34 24 November 2017

Two wards have been affected by the norovirus outbreak.

Two wards have been affected by the norovirus outbreak.

n/a

Two wards at Weston General Hospital have been closed due to a sickness outbreak.

Norovirus has been detected in two parts of the hospital, forcing health chiefs to prevent it spreading.

The highly-contagious bug sees sufferers troubled with sickness and diarrhoea.

A Weston Area Health NHS Trust spokesman said: “Harptree ward and bay one of Cheddar ward are currently closed to new admissions at Weston General Hospital, and as norovirus is present in the wider community in North Somerset with many people affected by this very unpleasant bug, we are urging visitors to remain vigilant to try and prevent further outbreaks.

“Please do not visit any of the hospital wards or departments if you have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the past 48 hours.”

Anyone who suspects they have norovirus is asked to drink plenty of water, take paracetemol and stay at home.

The trust spokesman added: “Extra care should be taken to prevent babies and small children who are vomiting or have diarrhoea from dehydrating, by giving them plenty of fluids.

“Don’t worry if you are pregnant and you get norovirus: there is no risk to your unborn child.”

People are reminded to thoroughly wash their hands at this time of year to prevent the illness spreading.

The trust has further information on its website.

More from Weston Mercury

19:41

Police have cordoned off Worle Railway Station for an ongoing police incident this evening (Thursday).

Read more
20:00

Fans of Abba and Grease can enjoy two hours of their greatest hits at The Playhouse on November 29.

Read more
The Playhouse Weston-super-Mare

Life satisfaction and happiness levels have dropped in North Somerset in the past year, according to research from the Office for National Statistics.

Read more

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has reassured people a teenager did not die in Worle last night (Wednesday) after rumours circulated on social media.

Read more

Weston-super-Mare’s first balloon launch and ‘night glow’ which was due to take place on Saturday, has been postponed due to poor weather conditions.

Read more

Future bids for fracking to take place across North Somerset should be decided by the authority and not the Government, according to councillors.

Read more

A ‘spectacular’ firework display will take place on Marine Parade on Saturday.

Read more

A woman has been injured after colliding with a car in Weston this morning (Thursday).

Read more

A Priory Community School (PCSA) teacher has been cooking up tasty treats on a national cooking television programme.

Read more

An accident involving two cars in Worle has resulted in slow moving traffic this morning (Thursday).

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists