As a result the ward has been closed to new admissions. Visitors who have been suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting are urged not to come to the hospital until they have been symptom free for 48 hours.
Dr Peter Cowling, Trust consultant microbiologist, said: “Patients from this ward will not be discharged to nursing or residential homes while they remain an infection risk and we have closed it to new admissions.
“The infection prevention and control team is reviewing the situation daily and regular and frequent disinfection is being carried out on the wards to contain the outbreak.
“This type of illness does come into the hospital from time to time, as in other hospitals across the country, and that is why we have a robust infection control policy in place to deal with such eventualities.
“This illness lasts about 24 hours and, although unpleasant, very rarely causes serious medical problems.”
Staff are being advised not to come to work if they have symptoms and to stay off for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped, as they will be infectious to others during this period.
If you have symptoms of diarrohea and/or vomiting you should follow this advice:
Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains
If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest
Stay at home – don’t go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there’s nothing your GP can do while you have it
Contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.