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Musgrove Park Hospital: ward restrictions after Norovirus outbreak

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Visiting has been restricted at four wards at Musgrove Park Hospital after confirmed cases of the winter vomiting bug Norovirus.

  • Eliot
  • Coleridge
  • Wordsworth
  • Triscombe

Visiting is restricted to close family and friends only, and people are being told to wash their hands with alcohol on arrival.

Those who have had symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in the last two days are asked to stay away.

Visiting restricted as norovirus hits Yeovil Hospital

Yeovil District Hospital is warning non-essential visitors to keep away as staff try to contain an outbreak of norovirus (the winter vomiting bug) which is affecting several wards.

Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. Credit: Charles D. Humphrey/Centers for/PA Wire/PA Images

Outpatient clinics are still running though, and the hospital is advising patients to attend their appointments as normal.

According to the hospital, essential visits include those to:

  • Inpatient children
  • Patients in critical care
  • Patients receiving end-of-life care
  • Patients with complex needs, like dementia, whose care and wellbeing you are supporting

All other visitors to wards are asked to postpone or cancel. The hospital is also restricting the numbers of visitors per patient.

Norovirus spreads very easily in public places. Credit: ITV West Country/Caron Bell

Sports centre cancels classes amid norovirus worry

A sports centre on the same complex as two schools with suspected norovirus has become the latest to close its doors.

Ashmoor Sports Centre has cancelled its clubs in an attempt to halt the spread of the illness.

Community Sports Manager Tom posted on the club's Facebook page that Gymnastics, Trampolining and the climbing clubs had all been stopped, as well as the evening's spinning class.

The Astro turf pitch is not being treated as an area for concern due to the outside temperatures.


Second Devon school closes after suspected norovirus outbreak

A second school has announced it is to shut after a suspected norovirus outbreak.

The Atrium Studio - which is adjacent to Devon Community College which has also closed its doors - says it will not open until Monday March 13.

Both schools announced on the same day they were to close after staff and pupils came down with the vomiting bug.

The schools share a playground and outside area - which could be how the highly contagious bug was transmitted between the sites.

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