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Community hospital closed by bug
A community hospital in Devon has been closed to the public because of a stomach bug.

Visitors are being asked to stay away from Bovey Tracey Hospital for the rest of the week to stop it spreading.

A number of patients and some of the staff at the site in Furzeleigh Road have got the Norwalk-like virus, which causes sickness and diarrhoea.

Pat MacDonagh, the NHS manager at the hospital, said: "It's not a very nice place to be at the moment."

The hospital's minor injuries unit has also been shut and some outpatients' appointments have been moved to another site.

Mr MacDonagh added: "Our staff follow strict infection control guidelines but even this is sometimes not enough and they too fall ill.

"Our message to the public is very clear, please do not visit Bovey Tracey hospital.

"This way we can really get on top of the situation and ensure everything is back to normal as quickly as possible."

Anyone who needs to attend the minor injury unit is being asked to make their way to the Newton Abbot hospital unit which is open from 0800 - 1000 GMT.

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