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Vomiting bug outbreak update

Ward 3, Ward 6 and CCU, Ward 8, Ward 9 and a bay on Ward 19 are currently 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 has closed all wards to visitors except for the outpatients department, intensive care, paediatrics and maternity units as a precautionary measure to protect patients.

– Dr Aresh Anwar, Medical Director, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

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Doctors assess winter vomiting bug hospital outbreak

The hospital is advising people to contact patients using the telephone system Credit: PA

Doctors are assessing an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug at the Birmingham Heartlands hospital. It's after they closed all wards to visitors over the weekend.

They are advising people to contact patients using the hospital telephone syetem.

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."

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