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Sickness bug closes three hospital wards in Norfolk

A hospital in Norfolk has shut three wards to new admissions following an outbreak of the norovirus bug.

Sixteen patients have been confirmed with the bug at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and another 19 are in the recovery phase.

Pentney, a cardiac and general ward, Necton with 34 beds for the elderly and Marham, with 33 beds for patients with respiratory problems, are all affected.

The sickness bug has also shut bays on Stanhoe and Oxborough wards.

Hygiene rules

Visitors should not go to the hospital if they are suffering from nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea or if they have had any symptoms in the last three days, deputy chief executive Noel Scanlon said.

"We are advising friends and relatives to avoid visiting patients at the hospital unless they feel it is absolutely necessary," he said.

"Under no circumstances should visitors go to more than one ward during their visit and all visitors are asked to follow the hand-washing guidance on each ward.

"Relatives with concerns about patients are asked to phone the ward and speak to a senior member of nursing staff."

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