Vomiting bug outbreak closes three wards at King’s Mill Hospital

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THREE wards at King’s Mill Hospital have been closed to new patients and visitors following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

Bosses at the hospital decided to temporarily close the wards after 36 patients and five members of staff were identified as having the Norovirus infection.

The infection is very common at this time of year and is spread easiest in places where groups of people are in close proximity for reasonable amounts of time, such as residential homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces.

Susan Bowler, executive nurse director at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are not admitting any new patients to affected wards for the time being and as a precaution we are asking people not to visit patients on these wards unless absolutely necessary.

“It is unfortunate that we need to take these measures but we wish to protect our patients by restricting the chances of people spreading this infection.

“We are continually reviewing the situation and will reopen the wards as soon as possible.”

Susan added that they are also asking anybody who has any symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting or flu-like symptoms not to visit the hospital.

All visitors, staff and patients are being urged to follow hand hygiene guidelines carefully, washing hands thoroughly with soap and water and using the alcohol gel provided.