Chesterfield hospital ward closed in norovirus outbreak

An outbreak of the winter vomiting disease has forced the closure of a ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Visitors are not being permitted to enter Basil ward to prevent the spread of norovirus.

Restrictions will be lifted once the last patient is recovering, said a hospital spokesman.

Anyone experiencing symptoms, which include severe vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach cramps, is advised to avoid contact with too many people.

Diane Simpson, senior matron for infection prevention and control, said: "It is an incredibly infectious virus and spreads primarily through touch - so if you do suffer symptoms, then please stay at home.

"Ensure you wash your hands before and after going to the toilet, keep surfaces clean and do not go back to work or visit areas with lots of people until you've been symptom-free for 72 hours. That applies to children at school as well."

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