More hospitals have Norovirus

A leading Kent hospital went into 'lockdown' over the weekend - the latest casualty of the rapid spread of Norovirus. Several other hospitals are affected

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Maidstone Hospital: "Please don't visit patients"

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust are asking people not to visit family and friends at Maidstone Hospital after a number of cases of Norovirus among patients. If people consider their visit to be urgent, they need to contact the relevant ward and speak to staff to make an arrangement.

Visitors can continue to attend Tunbridge Wells Hospital but are being asked to help reduce the risk of infection by only visiting patients there if absolutely necessary. Three hospital wards are currently not taking any new admissions. The hospital has 27 patients with Norovirus today.

Visiting at Maidstone Hospital has been temporarily stopped following cases of Norovirus. We realise that this might be difficult for some people who want to visit family and friends but we are very grateful for everyone’s co-operation and understanding at this time. Norovirus is a particular problem for hospitals because we are looking after already unwell people who may have reduced immunity and are susceptible to infection.

– Dr Sara Mumford, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Trust

We will review the situation daily and let people know as soon as normal visiting hours can be resumed. When normal visiting hours are back in place, we would urge anyone feeling unwell still not to come into the hospital to visit patients, and not to bring children. If anyone has suffered with sickness and diarrhoea, they should ensure they have been clear of any symptoms for 48 hours before they attend the hospital to visit relatives or friends.

– Dr Sara Mumford, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the Trust

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