HOSPITAL wards at Cheltenham General Hospital have been closed to stop the spread of Norovirus, with visitors urged to stay away.
As a precautionary measure, wards have been shut down after an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.
Guiting, Woodmancote, Kemerton and Ryeworth wards are all closed for the next 48 hours.
Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. These visitors are being asked to speak to a member of ward staff on entering the ward.
The visiting restrictions will be reviewed every day and lifted as soon as possible.
Eric Gatling, Director of Service Delivery, said: "This is a precautionary measure and good infection control practice to protect patients and control the spread of the illness.
"I hope that families and friends will understand why we are asking them not to visit for this short period.
"We hope to be in a position to re-introduce visiting on these wards in a matter of days and we would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals.
"By doing this, the public can help us stop the spread of Norovirus, protect vulnerable patients and support NHS services."
For more information visit www.gloshospitals.org.uk.