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Statement from Heartlands Hospital on Norovirus closure

In a statement, Dr Aresh Anwar, Medical Director, at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, said

“There are currently five areas closed to new admissions at Heartlands Hospital following an outbreak of norovirus.

“As there are also many cases of norovirus outside the Hospital in the community, Heartlands is closing all wards to visitors except for the intensive care ward** as a precautionary measure to protect patients. This situation is being reviewed on a daily basis.

“Visitors are asked to speak to their relatives and friends by calling the Hospital switchboard on (0121) 424 2000 and requesting to be put through to the nurse in charge of the ward. There are phones available at each bedside and there is a facility on the television to receive and send emails.

– Dr Aresh Anwar, Medical Director, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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Hospital appeal for crutches to be returned

A&E staff at Heartlands Hospital Credit: Heart of England NHS

Heartlands Hospital is appealing to locals to return any disused crutches.

The Hospital is encouraging all those who have borrowed crutches from A&E to return them so they can be used for other patients.

Hilary Clemson, A&E matron at Heartlands, said: "Don't be afraid to return old crutches. We will be very grateful for the return of them, especially at what is a busy time of year for the emergency department."

HIV sufferer speaks out about the stigma he faced: "My grandparents never spoke to me, it was horrendous"

It's the eve of World Aids Day and a man who contracted HIV in 1979 has been speaking about the stigma he faced when people found out about his illness.

Chris Kearl says he lost his job, and his grandparents didn't speak to him again. He was also told he had a life expectancy of 18 months.

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Balloons released in Birmingham to raise awareness of HIV testing

Balloons have been released at the Birmingham Heartland's Hospital to raise awareness of HIV testing Credit: ITV Central

Heartland's Hospital in Birmingham is marking World AIDS Day which is taking place tomorrow.

The aim is to reduce the stigma surrounding HIV tests and raise awareness of the virus.

Today 50 red balloons were released as part of the campaign.

Hospital attempts to reduce stigma surrounding HIV tests

People in the Midlands urged to get tested for HIV Credit: PA

Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital will hold a celebration to mark its 20th anniversary as well as marking tomorrow's World AIDS Day.

The HIV service at the hospital will host a number of sports stars in an attempt to reduce the stigma which comes with be tested for HIV.

The Health Protection Agency says the number new cases of HIV in the West Midlands fell last year but rose in the East Midlands.

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