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Flu and norovirus latest: 9 wards closed to visitors

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Flu and norovirus continue to impact sites across Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, with both patients and staff affected.

The following is the latest news on the outbreak and visitor restrictions. The outpatient services remain unaffected.

Saturday 13th January:

Visitor restrictions are partially lifted for unaffected wards – visiting will be permitted for one hour from 14:00 to 15:00 and limited to two visitors per bed.

Please note: this is subject to change at any time.

On affected wards, full restrictions will remain in place at all times.

As of 1:30pm on Saturday, the following wards are closed and will not be open to visitors today:

  • North Tyneside General Hospital: Ward 5, 12, 15 and 22
  • Wansbeck General Hospital: Wards 1, 2, 4, 10 and 11b

We know not being able to visit a relative or loved one when they are sick is hard and are doing everything we can to allow as much access as is safe – we are hugely grateful for the support our staff have received from the public and ask that this understanding continues.

In areas where visiting is open, please remain vigilant: wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water – not alcohol gel.

Please do not visit if you have any respiratory or flu-like symptoms or any of norovirus or you will only endanger yourself, our staff and your loved ones."

– A spokesperson for the trust

The latest closures are frequently updated on the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website.