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Lincoln Hospital 'norovirus-free'

The norovirus outbreak at Lincoln County Hospital has now been officially declared as over.

Although it is now over, norovirus continues to circulate in the community and the hospital is still experiencing a number of cases of patients admitted to the hospital who are incubating the infection.

The number of visitors per patient is limited to a maximum of two per bed, in all but exceptional circumstances. Children aged 5 years and under should not visit the hospital.

If you have norovirus symptoms or have had them in the past 72 hours, do not attend A&E or visit the hospital.

“It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff that we are able to declare this outbreak over. Many of them have gone above and beyond what is normally required of them to ensure disruption to the hospital is minimised and ensuring patient safety and care is not compromised.

“I’d like to thank the public too. In staying away from our wards and A&E they have helped us cope and keep disruptions to a minimum. But we still need their support. Visiting restrictions remain in place in order to limit the spread of the virus and to protect our vulnerable patients and our staff.”

– Michelle Rhodes, Director of Nursing for ULHT

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Norovirus confirmed at New Cross Hospital

Norovirus has been confirmed on a medical ward at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. There are patients with symptoms of norovirus on another medical ward but results of tests on these patients are awaited.

Neither ward is yet closed to new admissions, but restrictions on visiting and staff movement from the affected clinical areas are in place.

None of the affected patients are seriously unwell from this infection. All required patient treatments are continuing as normal.

Members of the public are reminded that they must not visit the hospital if they have symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting or until they have been symptom free for at least 48 hours.

The patients on the affected wards and their relatives have been informed and assured that all necessary precautions have been put in place.

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Thousands needed to get 11-year-old cancer patient home from hospital

The friends and family of an 11-year-old boy from Shropshire who's been left paralysed are trying to raise thousands of pounds to bring him home from hospital.

Matthew Cooper suddenly became ill last summer and cancerous tumours were found on his brain and spine. He's been in Birmingham Children's Hospital ever since, and can only return home once it's been specially adapted.

Now his school friends from Wrockwardine Wood Church of England Junior School and the local community have come together to try to make it happen, raising thousands online and attempting their own DIY SOS.

Chris Halpin has the story.

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