Operations cancelled at RCH due to norovirus

About 20 operations have been cancelled following an outbreak of norovirus at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCH).

RCH said it had started cancelling routine operations from 28 February and two wards and three isolated bays had been closed at the Truro site.

It described the spread of norovirus coupled with a high number of emergency admissions and a delay in discharges as an "internal major incident".

Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

'Additional beds'

Chief operating officer at RCH, Jo Gibbs said: "Our clinical teams are working flexibly to care for patients needing admission and we have opened additional beds in our hospitals.

"Urgent cancer surgery is going ahead and all other cases are being reviewed on a day-by-day basis. "

Ms Gibbs added that patients whose operations were postponed would be contacted and that outpatient clinics were running although anyone with symptoms should avoid visiting the hospital for at least 48 hours afterwards.

Friends and family hoping to visit patients have also been urged to phone ahead before travelling to the hospital.

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