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Norovirus forces wards to close at Pilgrim Hospital

Pilgrim Hospital Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Pilgrim Hospital in Boston in Lincolnshire has closed three wards and restricted admission to two because patients and staff have symptoms of norovirus.

The closures are a precaution to prevent further spread of the virus.

The wards will reopen once patients have been discharged and the area has been free from symptoms of the winter vomiting bug for up to 72 hours.

The hospital remains open.

Visitors banned at Herefordshire hospitals after Norovirus outbreak

Visitors have been told to stay away from hospitals in Herefordshire in order to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus.

The virus spreads quickly in environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes Credit: ITV News Central

Wards have been closed and operations cancelled. The Wye Valley NHS Trust says half of beds are being used by patients infected with Norovirus.

The Trust says staff dealt with 20 per cent more patients than usual over the weekend.


Redditch school closed after norovirus outbreak affects 70 pupils

Birchensale Middle School is expected to re-open on Monday Credit: ITV News Central

A school in Redditch has been closed following an outbreak of the winter norovirus which has affected more than 70 pupils and several members of staff.

Birchensale Middle School on Bridley Moor Road is closed while a deep clean of the premises is carried out.

It is expected to re-open on Monday following discussions between the school and Redditch Borough Council.

This decision has been taken due to an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting in the community, which has affected the school. This decision has been made with the local authority....

The health and safety of our staff and pupils continue to be of the utmost importance.

– Birchensale Middle School

Parents have been issued with advice to help reduce the spread of infection.

Symptoms of the norovirus include diarrhoea and vomiting.

Outbreak of Norovirus confirmed at New Cross Hospital

An outbreak of Norovirus has been confirmed on four wards at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

One of the wards is closed to new patients. The movement of staff and patients currently on the ward have been restricted to prevent further spread of the Norovirus.

None of the patients are seriously unwell from the outbreak. Some staff have been affected and have been excluded from work until they are well.

New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton Credit: David Jones/PA

There have been Norovirus outbreaks and cases reported in the community.

We hope that the early detection and our actions will prevent spread to other wards. Scrupulous hand hygiene by all staff and visitors and a high level of environmental cleanliness are the essential measures for controlling this bug.

We have restricted the times of visiting and the number of visitors patients will be allowed to have on the affected wards, as this is a highly contagious disease. We hope that patients, relatives and carers understand the reasons for this restriction. Any visitors must decontaminate their hands properly before they leave the ward.

– Dr Mike Cooper, Director of Infection Prevention and Control for The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust,
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