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Trust bans decorations as infection risk

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Visitors and Christmas decorations have been banned from wards at a Norfolk hospital in a bid to prevent further spread of a vomiting virus.

Norovirus infection affected 109 patients and 95 staff members last month at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Around 13 patients and five staff members remain ill with the vomiting and diarrhoea bug, according to a statement from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust. Four wards and some individual bays remain closed to new admissions.

Infection and control experts have advised against both Christmas decorations and visitors, unless deemed absolutely necessary, to prevent further spread of the highly contagious virus.

Chocolates, biscuits, balloons and flowers had previously been banned from the hospital premises but restrictions were lifted on Monday.

A trust spokesperson said: ‘We are determined to do our level best to bring winter vomiting under control before Christmas so that we do not cause undue hardship to patients. The decision will be reviewed on Christmas Eve in the light of our success in controlling norovirus.’

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