The winter vomiting bug norovirus has forced three hospitals in Cornwall to cancel all non-urgent surgical operations.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro has closed several wards and moved some patients to other hospitals.
The West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance has also closed a ward because of the norovirus bug. St Michael’s Hospital in Hayle has also been affected.
The decision to halt routine surgery has been taken to ease pressure on services.
A Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust spokesperson said the move would also help reduce the number of people coming to the hospitals.
Norovirus is highly contagious and visitors have been asked to stay away unless they are going to see someone who is critically ill.