Ward closed to visitors after break out of contagious virus

Executive Chief Nurse Sue Smith at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
Executive Chief Nurse Sue Smith at Royal Lancaster Infirmary
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A hospital ward in Lancashire have had to be closed to visitors after an outbreak of the of the highly-contagious vomiting and diarrhoea bug Norovirus.

Visiting restrictions have been placed on Ward 36 at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and there will be no admissions, transfers or discharges to other areas from the affected bays to try to contain the bug.

Executive Chief Nurse Sue Smith said strict infection control measures were put immediately in place when the bug was confirmed last Tuesday and are being overseen by the Trust’s infection control specialists.

She said: “Our priority is the safety of our patients.

“We have put measures in place to try to prevent the spread of this highly-contagious infection and we are monitoring the situation very closely.

“Despite being known as a winter bug, it is also common in summer when the source is usually food-related.

“We believe this bug came in from a visitor and urge anyone who has had diarrhoea and vomiting to stay away from all hospitals until at least 48 hours after the last symptoms have gone as they may still be infectious.”

Seven patients have been affected in total with five patients currently suspected to have the bug.

Three members of staff at the hospital were sick and have now recovered.