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Hospital ward closed after norovirus outbreak

One of the No A & E hospital signs outside of the University Hospital of Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

One of the No A & E hospital signs outside of the University Hospital of Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

A WARD at the University Hospital of Hartlepool has been closed after an outbreak of norovirus.

Ward 11 at the hospital has been closed since last Wednesday after three cases of norovirus were confirmed.

A review will be carried out tomorrow morning before a decision is made on the re-opening of the ward.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said they have had three outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting at the University Hospital of Hartlepool in January, affecting 36 patients and five staff, three of which have been confirmed as norovirus.

Sue Smith, director of nursing and patient safety at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our main concern is the safety of our patients so we have a tried and tested procedure for dealing with these cases.

“This involves keeping infected patients isolated until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours and deep cleaning rooms or bays where infected patients have been.”

 

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