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Five wards remain shut at Boston hospital

Hospital chiefs at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital have re-opened one ward but five remain closed due to an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

The hospital is now accepting admissions onto ward 6A.

Fewer patients and staff now have active symptoms and the hospital is looking to open three more wards on Saturday 7 March.

Although the situation has improved restrictions are still in place to ensure the hospital continues to protect our patients, visitors and our staff.

Hospital bosses are still asking everyone who wants to visit a friend or relative in hospital to ring the ward at Pilgrim before visiting. The ward will then advise whether it is appropriate to come to the hospital or not. Wards can be contacted via switchboard on 01205 364801.

“Our staff are working incredibly hard to contain the outbreak and support patients and families. I’d also like to thank all those people who have stayed away from hospital.

“Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach bugs. The virus is easily transmitted from one person to another by contact with an infected person or through contaminated food or drink, or touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

"Around 12 to 48 hours after becoming infected, the virus causes sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Therefore it’s really important to make sure that we protect vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

“This is why we are asking everyone considering visiting a friend or relative in hospital to think carefully about whether they need to come if they have experienced diarrhoea, vomiting or flu-like symptoms in the past four days. Before visiting a loved one in hospital, please call ahead to talk to staff to make sure it’s the best thing to do.

“We know that sometimes visitors feel that they must take every opportunity to visit sick friends or relatives, however if they themselves have been unwell, they could be putting others at risk.”

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

The other wards and beds will only reopen for admissions once the patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for up to 72hrs. Then the wards will need to be deep cleaned to eliminate all signs of the virus.

If you have norovirus, the best things you can do are rest, and take plenty of non-caffeinated drinks to avoid dehydration.

People worried about prolonged symptoms, should contact NHS 111 or ring their GP surgery. They will provide advice for people who are at greater risk from dehydration from diarrhoea and vomiting, such as children under the age of five or the elderly.

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Man arrested over Boston stabbing

A man has been arrested in connection with a stabbing and attempted robbery in Boston.

Police were called to the Gassy Pad area, near the Sluice Bridge, shortly after 10pm on Monday night after a 46 year-old man was assaulted. The victim was treated at Boston Pilgrim Hospital for a stab injury.

A short time later, a 25 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted robbery. He was suffering from self-inflicted injuries and is currently receiving treatment in hospital under police guard.

Wards closed at Boston hospital after norovirus outbreak

Three wards have been closed at Boston Pilgrim hospital and admissions restricted to two others after an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus.

Wards closed at Boston hospital after norovirus outbreak Credit: Press Association

The hospital says the closure and restrictions is a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus. They say beds will reopen as soon as patients have been discharged and the area has been symptom free for 72 hours.

Anyone planning to visit patients is asked to consider whether they have had symptoms of the virus which include vomiting, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms in the past four days.

We usually see higher levels of norovirus in autumn and winter, and it’s really important to make sure that we protect vulnerable patients and hospital staff.

– Dr Suneil Kapadia, Medical Director United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Boston residents on flood alert

Residents in Boston have been put on flood alert .

The Environment Agency issued the alert and stated that it was expecting high tidal levels around quarter to eight this evening (Saturday February 21, 2015).

According to the Agency there could be some seepage behind flood defences causing localised pooling of water but it is only expecting this to cause minor issues - unlike the devastating floods of 2013.

Man found dead in Boston Docks named

A body recovered yesterday from Boston Docks is believed to be that of Nigel Gee from Boston.

Body found in Boston Docks

Nigel Gee was reported missing in January.

No formal identification has yet been carried out and police are awaiting the results of DNA and forensic tests.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Makeover in honour of Boston's historic past

The town of Boston has its roots in Medieval times, but now its looking to get a makeover to honour its historic architecture. The borough council has secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which could lead to further investment of more than a million pounds.

The money will go to conserving buildings just off the Market Place and bringing back traditional shop fronts. It's hoped that new signs around the town will also make it easier for visitors to find out about Boston's past. Michael Billington reports.

Council to discuss Boston barrier investment

Councillors in Boston are set to discuss how best to take advantage of the town's new tidal barrier.

Council to discuss Boston barrier investment Credit: Artist's impression

Around £11 million has been set aside for the project, but it is thought further investment could turn it into a major economic boost for the area. Parts of the town flooded during 2013's tidal surges.

Click here for more on Boston's flood barrier

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