Ward closed at Lancashire hospital after Norovirus outbreak

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
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A ward at a Lancashire hospital has been closed to admissions due to a Norovirus outbreak.

Ward 35, at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, has been closed to admissions due the outbreak.

Visiting is being restricted to the ward while the outbreak is being managed.

Relatives, and friends, of patients on the ward who are planning to visit are asked to contact the ward on 01524 583435 to make arrangements should they feel that it is necessary to visit.

Angela Richards, matron for infection prevention and control, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation trust, advises that Norovirus is highly contagious and spreads rapidly in closed environments such as hospitals, schools and care homes.

She said: “It can be spread through contact with an infected person, by contact with contaminated surfaces or by consuming contaminated food or water. Norovirus is the most frequent cause of infectious gastroenteritis in England and Wales and typical symptoms are vomiting and diarrhoea. People affected will feel unwell initially but will usually improve quickly as the symptoms settle over a period of 24 –48 hours.

“This illness can be highly disruptive to patients and on rare occasions it may lead to patients having surgery or other procedures cancelled.”

Angela continued: “We have confirmed an outbreak of Norovirus on ward 35 and we would ask people to follow our advice to minimise its effects on the hospital, themselves and their families.”