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Visitor limit imposed at Bedford Hospital to curb virus

Visiting restrictions have been enforced at a Bedfordshire hospital to help curb an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Bedford Hospital said one ward had been closed to new admissions and patient transfers because of the virus.

The hospital is urging anyone who has experienced the symptoms in the past 72 hours not to visit.

Visitors have been restricted to one per day, per patient after a surge in cases of the virus in the local area.

Eiri Jones, the hospital's nursing director, said: "I would request that people do not visit the hospital if they have symptoms of vomiting or diarrhoea, or have had symptoms in the preceding 72 hours, to help us prevent the spread of viral gastroenteritis.

"Visitors to maternity, neonatal and paediatric wards and to critical care, should phone ahead to discuss visiting arrangements with the nurse or midwife in charge."

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