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Visiting restrictions in place at Crewe hospital following norovirus outbreak

Monday 18th June 2012
Visiting restrictions in place at Crewe hospital following norovirus outbreak
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A hospital in Crewe, Cheshire, has been hit with a suspected norovirus outbreak, forcing officials to restrict visiting times for friends and family.

Leighton Hospital has enforced strict measure on wards four and seven of the health facility, as medical staff look to find the best sterile services to help combat the outbreak of the vomiting and diarrhoea bug.

Staff are appealing to those coming to see patients to keep visiting to a minimum, and some have been ask to postpone their trips to the hospital or rearrange for later in the evening when Leighton is less busy.

Karen Egan, associate director of infection prevention and control, said: "While some of our wards are currently affected by a viral illness thought to be norovirus, we are working hard to remind staff of the strict infection control measures we have in place across our clinical areas."

It comes after a hospital in Edinburgh was hit by a spate of Legionnaires' cases, with the number of confirmed illness up to 82, but officials have now moved to say that the outbreak is under control.

written by Alex Franklin StortfordADNFCR-1780-ID-801386956-ADNFCR

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