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Wednesday 28th March 2012
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An outbreak of a winter vomiting bug has forced the cancellation of a number of operations in a hospital in Peterborough.

The norovirus has led to the closure of three wards at the city's main health facility and has already led to the cancellation of 15 out of 34 planned operations on the Tuesday (March 27th) alone.

Until the disease is contained doctors will only be treating serious and immediate cases such as cancer and emergency surgery. The latest outbreak has led to increasing calls for better sterile services across hospitals in the UK.

The norovirus is relatively common in Britain, with 600,000 to one million people suffering from the condition each year, but many health officials want the spread of the disease minimised in hospitals.

Dr Peter Reading, interim chief executive of the hospital, told Peterborough Today: "I understand how deeply distressing it is for patients who have psychologically and emotionally prepared themselves. It is a very difficult thing to have to let someone down at the last minute."

written Angela NewburyADNFCR-1780-ID-801328683-ADNFCR

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