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Worcestershire hospital bosses learning lessons from norovirus outbreaks

Wednesday 9th May 2012
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NHS bosses in Worcestershire have revealed that the area's Royal Hospital would be built differently if they had to start from scratch.

The statement follows a major outbreak of a norovirus in February which forced 351 beds being blocked to admissions as staff attempted to control the vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

At the height of the third outbreak in Worcester Royal Hospital, 116 patients and 40 members of staff had contracted the condition, and it had affected 16 wards across the health facility.

Penny Venables, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said at a review meeting, reported by Worcester News: "We have more side rooms than an old Victorian hospital but if we were building a hospital today we would have more isolation rooms and more side rooms."

Recent NHS statistics, obtained by the Liberal Democrats, revealed that since 2009, 1,000 wards had been forced to close in Scotland due to the outbreak of noroviruses.

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