Hospitals closing wards to visitors to prevent spread of norovirus infection

Hospitals closing wards to visitors to prevent spread of norovirus infectionWith the outbreak of the winter vomiting bug – norovirus - sweeping Britain, the country’s hospitals are trying to check the spread of the norovirus infection by disallowing the visitors to visit the wards.

The move by the hospitals comes in the wake of the fact that recent statistics released by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) have revealed that over 750,000 people could currently be affected by the norovirus outbreak.

As per the HPA figures, there already have been 2,630 confirmed reports of norovirus this season; and, for each reported case of the illness, there probably are another 288 sufferers that remain unreported.

According to reports, patients suffering from norovirus infection in the UK have been admitted to several hospitals, including the Birmingham City Hospital; George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire; and Maidstone Hospital in Kent.

While the Birmingham City Hospital has advised visitors to refrain from visiting the patients in the hospital after the norovirus infection forced the authorities to close three wards, other hospitals are also cautioning the visitors as well as the potential patients, through Twitter messages.

In its tweet to the visitors, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "Please don't visit hospital until at least 2 days after last symptoms of #vomiting #diarrhoea 'norovirus Stay home, rest & take fluids."