Bug puts hospitals under pressure

A SICKNESS bug is putting the regions hospitals under pressure with one forced to close two wards to new admissions and another opening more beds.

A SICKNESS bug is putting the regions hospitals under pressure with one forced to close two wards to new admissions and another opening more beds.

Ipswich Hospital has confirmed it is exceptionally busy and more beds have had to be opened to cope with the demand.

And the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, near Lowestoft, has confirmed cases of the highly contagious norovirus on two wards which have been closed to new admissions.

Visitors are being urged to stay away if they have symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting in order to protect patients.

Ipswich Hospital said many people were also suffering from respiratory problems.

Jan Rowsell, hospital spokeswoman, said: “We are exceptionally busy. We have opened additional beds to cope but we are managing thanks to our fantastic staff.”

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A West Suffolk Hospital spokeswoman said it still had beds available and was not experiencing any problems.

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