Ward closed at Cheltenham General
VISITORS are being told to stay away from Guiting Ward at Cheltenham General Hospital after the latest outbreak of Norovirus.
The precautionary step has been taken to restrict the spread of the diarrhoea and vomiting illness.
Other wards are open as normal.
Director of Nursing, Maggie Arnold said: "This is a precautionary measure and good infection control practice to protect patients and control the spread of the illness.
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"I hope that families and friends will understand why we are asking them not to visit for this short period."
"We hope to be in a position to re-introduce visiting on Guiting later this week.
"We would strongly urge people to take notice and act on the Combat Norovirus campaign messages which have got a high profile presence on posters, large banners and signs at both main hospitals."
The D&V illness is usually over within 48 hrs, but is highly infectious, which is why the decision has been made to limit the number of people moving in and out of the ward.
Exceptions can be made for relatives hoping to visit on compassionate grounds.
These visitors are asked to speak to a member of ward staff before entering the ward.
For more information, visit http://www.gloshospitals.org.uk.