Flu-hit ward at Wigan Infirmary reopens but norovirus shuts another ward

The ward closures have been affecting A&E at Wigan Infirmary
The ward closures have been affecting A&E at Wigan Infirmary

A ward at Wigan Infirmary, which had been closed due to an outbreak of flu, has reopened.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust shut the ward on Thursday due to illness among patients and staff.

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It contributed to the A&E department being “extremely busy”, along with high numbers of patients, and visitors were asked to stay away if they had flu-like symptoms or had been in contact with anyone with flu.

Hospital bosses have now confirmed that the ward reopened on Sunday.

However, another ward had to be shut on Saturday due to norovirus and remained closed on Tuesday.

A trust spokesman said: "Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that the ward at the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary that was closed due to an increase in flu has now reopened.

“However, one ward has now been closed to admissions due to suspected norovirus outbreak.

“Advice from WWL to visitors remains the same. If you, or any member of your family, is experiencing flu-like symptoms or episodes of diarrhoea and vomiting, or believe you may have been in contact with somebody who has, please do not attend or visit the hospital.

“For help and advice on treating these illnesses, please contact your local GP or call NHS 111.”