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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

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Firefighters battle building fire in Yeovil overnight

Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Devon and Somerset firefighters were called to a fire at a derelict building on the A30 Sherborne Road Westbound at 2.20am this morning.

By 5am, seven fire engines along with two aerial ladder platforms, a water carrier, an incident command unit and a welfare appliance were used at the scene by several fire officers.

Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

The main workshop space in the building was well alight. Part of the building also collapsed.

The road remains partially blocked and there is now heavy traffic between Southville and Wyndham Street.

The incident is still ongoing.

Man arrested in connection with a sexual assault in Yeovil

Credit: PA

Police arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with a serious sexual assault in Yeovil, following a CCTV appeal.

The assault happened between 1.30am and 2.30am on Monday, 9 October in the town centre.

The teenage victim is being fully supported by specialist officers and medical professionals.

The man, who was arrested on suspicion of rape, has been interviewed and released on bail pending further enquiries.

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