BILLINGE Ward at Wigan Infirmary has been closed to the public following an outbreak of the diarrhoea and vomiting bug, the norovirus.
Health chiefs say they had no choice to close the ward as they try to contain the highly contagious bug, which can be fatal if contracted by weak and vulnerable patients.
A spokesman for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Unfortunately, Wigan as a community is currently experiencing a rise in diarrhoea and vomiting. Therefore, the trust and are appealing to members of the public to be sensible and would advise that anyone that has signs and/or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting should not visit the hospital in order to protect the patients and staff.”
Pauline Jones, director of nursing at WWL said: “We are asking member of the public to be sensible and not visit the hospital if you have any symptoms. This advice is being given in order to limit the risk of visiting relatives acquiring the diarrhoea and vomiting virus. Similarly any relatives who have symptoms of this sort should not visit their relatives as they could infect them”.
Health chiefs say people who think they may have the virus should stay away from GP surgeries and ring the NHS 111 number.