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Second hospital affected by bug
Cumberland Infirmary
Increased infection control measures have been put in place
An outbreak of gastroenteritis is affecting staff and patients at a second Cumbrian hospital.

Hospital bosses said on Friday they hoped the situation at the Cumberland Infirmary, in Carlisle, was returning to normal following an outbreak.

There have been no new cases over the past 48 hours but some patients are still suffering from symptoms, which include diarrhoea and vomiting.

Brampton Day Hospital is also being affected by an outbreak.

In order to contain the bug, Brampton Day Centre and the hospital ward are currently not admitting any new patients.

The outbreak started at the beginning of the week and nine patients and five staff are currently affected.

Staff praised

There have been no day hospital sessions for the last two days with patients referred to home care or given later appointments.

Meanwhile, it is hoped the Cumberland Infirmary will be back to normal by the middle of next week.

There are still some patients within the recovery stage who need to be free of symptoms for 72 hours before receiving clearance.

The outbreak meant some ward areas have not been admitting new patients, and increased infection control measures were put in place.

Urgent surgery was not affected, but some routine operations had to be postponed.

Hospital general manager Andrew Kent said: "We hope to become fully operational again by the middle of next week providing no further outbreaks occur."

He praised staff for their work to contain and reduce infection risk and apologised patients and visitors for any inconvenience, while thanking them for their cooperation.

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