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Norfolk hospital closes ward after flu outbreak

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital shut one ward as a precaution. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Visiting restrictions have been put in place at Norfolk's biggest hospital because of a flu outbreak.

The Norfolk and Norwich closed one ward as a precaution after patients arrived with the virus.

They're asking people not to visit unless absolutely necessary - and not to bring in children aged under 12.

“We are restricting visiting as a precaution as it is that time of year when we see flu circulating widely in the community.

"It is also important not to visit the hospital if you have any respiratory illness including coughs, colds and flu or have been in close contact with someone who has over the previous three days. Washing your hands with warm water and soap is also essential for all visitors."

– Frances Bolger, Acting Director of Nursing

Norfolk Hospital triples size of its children's emergency department

The Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Norfolk and Norwich University hospital says it is now able to treat more young people more quickly. Bosses have tripled the size of its children's emergency department.

The new unit has a larger waiting room and better facilities including an expansion in the delivery of mental health care for children.

“The expansion of the unit is already proving very beneficial to our younger patients and has enabled us to continue to deliver first class care. Increasing the size of the unit means a reduction in waiting times for our younger patients visiting A&E, and enhanced privacy for those patients who require it when they are receiving care.”

– Laura Hall, Children's Emergency Department Lead Sister

The expansion of the Children’s Emergency Department comes alongside the introduction of the UK’s first Older People’s Emergency Department which also opened mid-December.


Election underway to fill Norfolk hospital governor vacancies

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

People in Norfolk are being asked to put their name forward to be a governor of the county's flagship hospital.

The election is underway to fill five vacancies - one for Norwich, one for Broadland, two for Breckland and one for a new constituency called "the rest of England" which is open to people living outside of Norfolk and Waveney.

The council of governors provides a direct link between the hospital and the local community.

Governors, who must be aged 16 or over, serve for a term of three years and can then be re-elected.

Potential candidates have until November 6 to return their completed election forms and the results will be announced on December 18.

Patients' views on Norfolk hospital sought ahead of inspection

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will be inspected by the Care Quality Commission in November. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals wants patients to tell him about the care they have received at Norfolk's flagship hospital.

The information would be used to help the Care Quality Commission (CQC) decide what to look at when they assess the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital next month.

The watchdog is due to carry out a formal inspection beginning on Tuesday November 10.

It will be the first time the trust has been assessed under the CQC's new regime which will see the hospital given a rating from "outstanding" to "inadequate".

"We know there is too much variation in quality - these new in-depth inspections will allow us to get a much more detailed picture of care in hospitals than ever before.

"This is your opportunity to tell the team what you think, and make a difference to the NHS services in the local area."

– Prof Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals.

A meeting to gather opinions from patients and the community will be held on Tuesday November 10 at The Space Norwich at Roundtree Way from 6pm.

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