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10 wards shut due to stomach bug

York District Hospital Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Ten wards have been closed and operations postponed after York Hospital was put on “red alert” due to a virulent stomach bug hiting the complex.

Health bosses admitted that the hospital was struggling to cope under the pressure of the outbreak, and had triggered its 'red alert status' as the vomiting bug spread to ten wards at the Wigginton Road site.

Mandy McGale, director of operations for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Red alert status means that the hospital is under significant operational pressure which triggers our contingency plans to be initiated.

“This includes redeploying staff when necessary and rescheduling non-urgent planned procedures and operations. "