Winter virus: Broomfield Hospital closure enters third week

PUBLISHED: 13:51 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 07:33 30 May 2010

AFTER two weeks Broomfield Hospital still remains closed to visitors in order to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus. One ward, B6 is temporarily closed to all new admissions due to the virus. The situation is still being reviewed on a d

AFTER two weeks Broomfield Hospital still remains closed to visitors in order to stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus.

One ward, B6 is temporarily closed to all new admissions due to the virus.

The situation is still being reviewed on a daily basis. However, until the hospital is given the all clear, people are still being asked not to visit.

Patients (unless affected by Norovirus) should still attend for their hospital appointments, but hospital waiting list staff will be contacting all patients who are due to come in for planned surgery to check they have not had the virus recently or been in contact with anyone who has.

The Norovirus stomach bug, which causes vomiting and diarrhoea, is very easily spread from person to person. The illness lasts around two days and no treatment is required, however, even after the symptoms have cleared up people may still carry the virus and infect others up to three days after their own symptoms have stopped.

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