Hospital wards re-open

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HEALTH chiefs are warning people with any symptoms of the Norovirus to stay away from Wigan Infirmary despite re-opening wards.

Visitors had been denied access to the wards of the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary since Monday following the outbreak of the highly contagious bug which causes severe diarrhoea and vomiting.

The Astley ward remains closed to new admissions, but bosses are hopeful that if the public heed warnings, that visiting hours can return to normal.

A spokesperson for WWL said: “We can confirm that restricted visiting at RAEI, Wigan Infirmary has now been lifted.

“However, we would like to stress that visitors should be sensible and NOT attend the hospital with any symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

“We can confirm that we do still have only one ward at RAEI, Wigan Infirmary closed to new admissions and this is Astley Ward. Therefore, visiting on this ward is limited to two visitors per patient.

“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.

“Please note that the situation is being closely monitored on a daily basis and if norovirus begins to spread again, restrictions on visiting may again have to be imposed.”

Health chiefs advise that if you are showing any symptoms to avoid hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes until at least 48 hours after symptoms stop.

Further information can be found on the WWL website or via Switchboard on 01942 244000.