Winter vomiting bug closes Southport hospital ward January 28th, 2016 jmr jmr Latest News Shares Comments An outbreak of a winter vomiting bug has closed a Southport hospital ward. Three cases of norovirus were confirmed this week on Ward 7b at Southport and Formby District General Hospital. The ward is closed to new admissions. Andrew Chalmers, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said: “Norovirus is a highly infectious sickness bug which we know is circulating in the local community.” Friends and family are being asked to postpone visiting patients in the affected ward during the outbreak unless absolutely necessary. The ward is undergoing enhanced cleaning and disinfection. Andrew added: “Instances of diarrhoea and vomiting are always investigated when they occur in hospital. As a precaution we may close bays within wards while we investigate the cause, which is usually due to a patient’s medical condition rather than infection.” Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps. The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects. If you are affected, stay at home, stay hydrated by drinking adequate fluids, wash your hands after using the toilet and prior to eating, and clean contaminated surfaces. In particular, anyone who has experienced sickness or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours should stay away from hospitals and other healthcare providers, as either a visitor or a patient, except in a genuine medical emergency. Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07581350321 Email [email protected] Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected]– relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Related Comments comments!