Published on 2nd January 2013
Norovirus outbreaks are causing wards in hospitals up and down the UK to close, according to various reports.
The Conquest Hospital in Hastings has been affected, with its McDonald ward closed after an outbreak of the nasty bug became apparent. It is the second time this month that it has been closed and as such, the hospital has issued some advice to the local population.
According to hastingsobserver.co.uk, people with any related symptoms - such as vomiting or diarrhoea - should remain at home. They should keep hydrated, too and avoid visiting any family or friends whilst infected. Bucksherald.co.uk also issued some advice on the topic, telling readers that they mustn't venture out until they are 48 hours clear of the bug.
It also confirmed that Stoke Mandeville Hospital has been hit with an outbreak too and as such, has asked visitors to stay away whilst it is brought under control. Disinfection procedures are likely to be in place, but that doesn't mean visitors are at zero risk of catching the illness - so are best to steer clear for now.
Those with loved ones in the hospital will be contacted regarding any changes to visiting times, according to Kathy Cann, who represents Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust.
"We will try to contact a patient's next of kin to inform them of any restrictions in advance, but if you are unsure, please check before visiting by calling the appropriate ward," Cann said.
Author: Deborah Bates