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Norovirus outbreak forces hospital to close wards to visitors

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Three wards at Warwick Hospital are closed to visitors due to an outbreak of the Norovirus.

The outbreak, which caused diarrhoea and vomiting, started two weeks ago and has closed Charlecote ward, Mary ward and Guy ward to visitors, except on compassionate grounds.

A spokeswoman for South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust said that it was ‘likely’ that the virus had come from either a visitor or a patient as the staff were not affected till a few days into the outbreak.

All other wards at Warwick Hospital have visiting times restricted to between 7pm and 8pm. The hospital is also restricting visiting to a maximum of two per patient, and is advising parents not to bring children till further notice.

The hospital is urging anyone with diarrhoea or vomiting symptoms to stay away from the hospital and remain away for 48 hours after their symptoms disappear.

All affected patients have been have been isolated and are being regularly monitored. The hospital warns that the illness though not normally serious can have a debilitating effect on people who are already ill or recovering from illness.

All wards are expected to be reopened and return to normal visiting hours by the end of this week.

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