Gastric bug closes four Worthing Hospital wards

Worthing Hospital

Worthing Hospital

First published in News by , Health reporter

Four hospital wards have been affected by an outbreak of sickness and diarrhoea.

Nine patients are currently being treated for the highly infectious bug at Worthing Hospital.

Two wards have been temporarily closed to new admissions while bays in two other wards have also been restricted.

Hospital managers are assessing the situation daily and are hoping to reopen the wards as soon as they have been cleaned and all patients are symptom free.

Cathy Stone, director of nursing and patient safety, said: “Whenever there are illnesses circulating in the community, we would ask everyone to help us keep infections out of our hospitals and away from patients who may be particularly vulnerable.

“We do all that we can to stop a single case in our wards becoming more widespread, but the best way to keep people safe is to try to stop such illnesses being brought into hospital in the first place.

“It is crucial that people don’t come into hospital to visit friends or relatives if they have suffered from sickness or diarrhoea within the last 48 hours – I would ask that people please remember that, to help keep others safe and well.”

Visitors are also asked to use the hand cleansers when visiting.

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6:27pm Thu 13 Mar 14

RK_Brighton says...

Norrovirus in not nice, having seen my wife suffer from it. Yet she was otherwise well. So it can be really bad for people in hospital. There not much you can do to really prevent it - just be careful and follow best practice to avoid spreading it further.

Hope all pull through OK!
Norrovirus in not nice, having seen my wife suffer from it. Yet she was otherwise well. So it can be really bad for people in hospital. There not much you can do to really prevent it - just be careful and follow best practice to avoid spreading it further. Hope all pull through OK! RK_Brighton
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