Hospital wards reopen after bug outbreak

THREE wards at King’s Mill Hospital which were closed for a short period after an outbreak of the sickness and diarrhoea bug Norovirus have now reopened.

Susan Bowler, executive nurse director for Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are pleased that the recent outbreak of diarrhoea has now been controlled.

“During the outbreak a total of 42 patients and six staff were affected.

“The early decision we took to temporarily close affected wards to visitors and new patients enabled us to contain the spread of this infection.

“We would like to thank all the friends and families of our patients on the affected wards who have been very understanding and helped us prevent the spread.

The ‘winter vomiting virus’ is very common and the spread of infection is easiest in places where groups of people are in close proximity for reasonable amounts of time such as residential homes, schools, hospitals and workplaces.

The Trust is urging any visitors to patients on any of the hospital wards to not visit for at least 48 hours if they are, or have been, recently affected by vomiting and diarrhoea.