VISITORS to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital have been restricted due to an outbreak of Norovirus on wards 6A and 9B.
The wards were closed off yesterday in a bid to control the spread of diarrhoea and vomiting.
The illness is usually over within 48 hrs, but is highly infectious, which is why the trust has taken steps to limit the number of people moving in and out of the hospital.
Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds. They are asked to contact the ward prior to visiting.
Visiting to maternity wards is not affected. Visiting to children’s wards is restricted to parents and carers.
Visiting restrictions will be reviewed every day and lifted as soon as possible.
The closure is a precautionary measure and good infection control practice to protect patients and control the spread of the illness.
A hospital spokesperson said: “We 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 up to date information, visit http://www.gloshospitals.org.uk/en.