Hospital wards close to visitors

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WIGAN Infirmary is off limits to visitors following the outbreak of the potentially deadly Norovirus.

A number of patients have been affected with diarrhoea and vomiting on the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Site, leaving health chiefs with little choice to close the majority of wards to visitors. Some specialist wards will remain open to visitors, but with tight restrictions.

As of Friday afternoon, the following restrictions are in place:

Neonatal Unit - No more than two visitors

Maternity - No more than two visitors

Paediatrics - No more than two visitors

All Surgical wards - No visitors

All Medical wards - No visitors

In the case of emergency admissions relatives, friends or carers must leave as soon as patients are settled. Anybody with diarrhoea and vomiting symptoms are asked not to visit. Visitors are also asked to ensure they adhere to the hospitals hand hygiene policies (which will be displayed on wards) and do not sit on patients beds.

If you believe you or any other family members are showing symptoms of the Norovirus health chiefs are urging you to stay away from hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes for at least 48 hours after the symptoms stop.

Advice is available online from NHS Choices www.nhs.uk and from NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.