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Restricted visiting hours at Weston General Hospital

Visiting hours are restricted at Weston General Hospital this weekend to try and reduce the spread of the Norovirus.

Only two adults per patient will be able to visit 2-3pm and children under 11 years old will not be allowed to visit.

The hospital is also urging people not to come if they've experienced diarrhoea or vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Three wards remain closed at the hospital - Uphill, Kewstoke and the Stroke Unit due to an outbreak of the vomiting bug. Specific wards with any current outbreaks are clearly indicated by banner signs.

The Weston Area Health NHS Trust will review the weekend's visitor restriction on Monday 9 March.

It is a very difficult decision to make but an absolutely necessary one.

We understand that our patients have family and friends who may wish to visit and they will be allowed to come but only under these strict restrictions.

Norovirus is extremely infectious and is bought into the hospital from the community. So people coming into the hospital carrying the bug can easily transmit it to our patients.

This is why we are urging people only to come here if their visit is absolutely essential.

We have put these visiting restrictions in place as Norovirus is being brought in to the hospital from the community and infecting our wards.

We need to keep patients, some with life-threatening illnesses, safe and free from community-acquired infections

– Chris Perry, Director of Nursing and Infection Control Lead

Bath hospital: visiting restrictions still in place

“Following a review this morning, visiting restrictions are still in place at the RUH. We currently have two wards closed. The situation is under daily review and we will notify the public as soon as visiting restrictions are lifted. We thank the public for their cooperation and understanding throughout this period.

– Bath Hospital Spokesperson

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Health Officials urge people with norovirus to stay at home

Norovirus still affecting our hospitals Credit: ITV News

Health officials across the west country are asking people to stay away from hospitals if they have the norovirus.

Four wards remain closed at the Royal United Hospital in Bath following an outbreak of the winter vomiting bug.

There's also restricted access to some wards at Yeovil and Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.

As everyone knows, the NHS is under great pressure this winter, especially the hospitals. If you experience the symptoms of Norovirus please stay at home and do not go to your GP or hospital for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop. There is nothing your GP can do while you have the symptoms - just keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

– Trudi Grant, Director of Public Health for Somerset,

We all need to help our hospitals at this time. Norovirus is already affecting them and impacting on health care. Please stay at home while you recover from this unpleasant but short-lived illness and help stop the spread.

– Cllr Christine Lawrence, Somerset County Council

Norovirus keeping visitors away from RUH Bath

A contagious sickness bug is keeping visitors away from RUH Bath. Credit: ITV News

Visitors are restricted at Bath's Royal United Hospital due to an outbreak of norovirus.

The highly infectious diarrhoea and vomiting bug usually lasts for 48 hours, and people who have had symptoms in that time are being asked to stay away from the hospital.

The affected wards are Pulteney Ward, Robin Smith Ward, William Budd Ward, Haygarth Ward and Forrester Brown Ward.

Gloucester hospital restricting visitors due to suspected norovirus

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has closed several wards. Credit: ITV News

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital has closed several wards today following an outbreak of a diarrhoea and vomiting illness.

Director of Nursing Maggie Arnold said this was a precautionary measure to control the spread of infection, and that the hospital is hoping to reintroduce visiting in a few days. Maternity wards are still open to visitors, but children's wards are only for parents and carers. Relatives who wish to visit on compassionate grounds are asked to speak to ward staff before entering.

I hope that families and friends will understand that we need to protect our vulnerable patients and that is why we are asking them not to visit for this short period. We would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals.

– Maggie Arnold, Director of Nursing, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Hospital beats bug in time for Christmas

All wards have returned to normal at Weston General Hospital Credit: ITV News

A hospital that was hit by the winter vomiting bug norovirus has re-opened all its wards in time for Christmas. At one point four wards were closed to new admissions at Weston General Hospital.

The trust has extended visiting times from 10am to 8pm between Christmas Day and Sunday 28 December. It is still warning visitors to remain vigilant and not to come if anyone has had a bug or cold or flu symptoms in the last two days.

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Norovirus closes wards at Gloucestershire hospitals

Two wards at Gloucestershire's two main hospitals have been closed to prevent patients from contracting an airborne sickness bug.The Avening Ward at Cheltenham Hospital and Ward 4A at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital are subject to visiting restrictions due to the outbreak of Norovirus.

A spokeswoman for the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust said the illness is usually over within 48 hours but is highly infectious, which is why the Trust needs to limit the number of people moving in and out of the affected ward.

Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. These visitors are being asked to speak to a member of ward staff on entering the ward.The visiting restrictions will be reviewed every day and lifted as soon as possible.This is a precautionary measure and good infection control practice to protect patients and control the spread of the illness.We hope that families and friends will understand why we are asking them not to visit for this short period.We hope to be in a position to re-introduce visiting on these wards in a matter of days.

– Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust spokeswoman

Norovirus cases treble in the South West

The number of people in the South West who have gone to their doctor complaining of stomach bugs has trebled in the past few months.

Norovirus - which is also known as the winter vomiting bug - is easily spread and outbreaks are difficult to control.

Symptoms include sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people also get a high temperature, headaches and aching limbs.

People in hospital are particularly at risk. Many hospitals including Bristol's Royal Infirmary are restricting visiting hours. Four wards are currently affected at the RUH in Bath and Berrow ward is closed at Weston General.

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