Birmingham City Hospital is closed to visitors due to an outbreak of the norovirus, a hospital spokesperson has confirmed. Three wards are also shut as staff conduct a deep clean.
The spokesperson said that members of the public who have diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms should seek treatment from their GP rather than attending the hospital's A&E department.
As cases of the norovirus soar across the UK, fresh guidance is issued by clinicians on how to treat the symptoms.
The number of confirmed cases of the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, is 72% higher than at this time last year, health experts have said.