Hospital ward still closed due to bug

IPSWICH Hospital was today awaiting the results of tests it hoped would confirm the cause of an outbreak of a bug in one of its wards.The hospital closed Shotley ward to new admissions after nine patients and a member of staff contracted what was thought to be norovirus, known as the winter vomiting virus.

IPSWICH Hospital was today awaiting the results of tests it hoped would confirm the cause of an outbreak of a bug in one of its wards.

The hospital closed Shotley ward to new admissions after nine patients and a member of staff contracted what was thought to be norovirus, known as the winter vomiting virus.

The ward remained closed to new admissions today as tests were carried out to confirm if the bug contracted by the ten was norovirus.

Visitors were still being asked to stay away to avoid putting themselves at risk of catching the illness.

Jan Rowsell, spokesman for the hospital, said “We took action immediately when we realised a growing number of patients were feeling very unwell on one particular ward.

“The ward remains closed to new admissions. It will take several days if not a week or so for the lab to confirm if it is norovirus.”

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The winter vomiting bug is a virulent illness which leads to severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

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