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.
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.
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital is closed to visitors because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus.
All wards are closed except for the intensive care ward.
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Staff at Birmingham City Hospital hope that one of the four wards closed after an outbreak of Norovirus will reopen today.
The remaining wards should open by the end of next week, with visitors allowed back at the same time.
Between the 3rd and 4th December this is the number of wards closed due to the virus.
Number of wards closed (and wards affected in brackets)
Birmingham: 5 (5)
Black Country: 3 (11)
Staffordshire: 13 (14)
Arden: 5 (8)
West Mercia: 5 (11)
West Midlands: 31 (49)