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.

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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.

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