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Winter vomiting bug closes wards

Hands being washed in hospital
The trust says to wash hands before and after visiting a ward

A hospital in Southampton has been hit by a winter vomiting bug.

Three wards at Southampton General Hospital remain temporarily closed to new admissions due to patients suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting.

The hospital and Princess Anne Hospital have taken action to reduce the chances of the sickness spreading, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust said.

Visitors are being urged to stay away if they have suffered from diarrhoea or vomiting in the previous 72 hours.

Judy Gillow, director of nursing, said: "We have learned from past experience that taking proactive action can have a huge impact on preventing further spread of diarrhoea and vomiting outbreaks and eases the additional pressures brought on by the winter weather.

"This time of year generally tends to bring a rise in cases of viral bugs, but our visitors can play a major part in helping to prevent the spread of the problem by following our restrictions."

The trust says to wash hands before and after visiting a ward.



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