Essex

Sickness bug closes two hospital wards in Essex

Two wards at an Essex hospital have been closed following an outbreak of a sickness bug.

Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford has shut the emergency assessment unit and the respiratory ward to new admissions.

One patient has been confirmed with the norovirus and between 24 and 30 patients are being observed for symptoms, the hospital said.

Visiting has also been restricted. Staff have urged anyone suffering from norovirus symptoms to stay away.

Russell Harrison of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trusts said they were isolating patients, barrier nursing and implementing an increased cleaning regime to combat the bug.

"We know that this virus is usually brought into the hospital from the community so we are asking people to help us by not visiting if they are unwell with diarrhoea and vomiting or until they have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours," he said.

"People should also stay away if they have been in contact recently with anyone that has the virus."

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