Virus-hit East Surrey Hospital allows visits

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Three wards remain closed to visitors at a hospital hit by a norovirus outbreak, but restricted visiting has resumed in other areas.

East Surrey Hospital in Redhill was closed to visitors on 27 December after the virus affected five wards.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said visitors were still being asked to stay away from Charlwood, Meadvale and Holmwood wards.

Visiting on other wards is restricted to between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT.

A spokesman for the NHS trust said three wards remained closed for the safety of patients.

The measures were brought in to help control the spread of the norovirus bug which causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

When the visiting ban was brought in, the hospital said it was a decision that had not been taken lightly and NHS chiefs apologised for the upset the move might cause.

The NHS trust said phones were on every ward, so people could still speak to their relatives and friends or leave a message for them, while visiting was restricted.

The hospital serves a population of 420,000 people across east Surrey and north-east West Sussex.

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