More wards closed due to virus

NEARLY a quarter of the wards at a Suffolk hospital have been closed to new admissions because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has urged anybody who might be suffering with norovirus to stay away from the hospital.

NEARLY a quarter of the wards at a Suffolk hospital have been closed to new admissions because of an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has urged anybody who might be suffering with norovirus to stay away from the hospital.

Two wards were shut last week to new admissions and that number has now grown to four of the trust's 17 wards. The hospital said 13 patients still showed symptoms of norovirus, while 43 patients had fully recovered. It is hoped one of the wards will be reopened to new admissions today.

Dr Caroline Barker, the hospital's infection control doctor, said: “We would like to repeat our message to anyone who has had diarrhoea or vomiting to stay away from the hospital for at least 72 hours after they have recovered - even if they feel better.

“Norovirus is highly contagious and we see cases unwittingly transferred into the hospital from out in the community every year. We would ask anyone visiting the hospital to help us prevent the virus from spreading by cleaning their hands thoroughly with soap and water.”

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