Wards in Two Local Hospitals Closed Due To The Norovirus
3:58pm 13th January 2014
(Updated 6:00pm 13th January 2014)
Wards have been closed in two local hospitals after an outbreak of the Norovirus.
Two wards in Dorset County Hospital were forced to close a couple of days ago but the hospital say they are now re-open as normal.
However, Bridport Community Hospital still has two wards closed (since the 7th of January) to be deep cleaned and ask that anyone hoping to visit patients phones ahead.
Jane Turner, Matron at Bridport Community Hospital explained more to us, "Both the Ryeberry and Langdon Wards at Bridport Community Hospital are currently closed to admissions due to an outbreak of norovirus. This does not affect outpatient or day surgery services at the hospital which are operating as usual. The two wards are closed for the safety of our patients and to prevent the spread of the virus. They will reopen to admissions once the wards have been deep cleaned by our infection control team. We hope to have the Ryeberry Ward back to normal this Thursday and Langdon as quickly as possible after that. In the meantime, we are asking family and friends of patients currently staying in our wards to telephone us first before planning a visit."
According to the NHS the Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages. They also state online that the virus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. As there is no specific cure, you have to let it run its course, but it should not last more than a couple of days.
To find out more about the virus head to: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx