Norovirus outbreak shuts wards at Eastbourne hospital

Two wards at a Sussex hospital have been closed to new admissions following an outbreak of the norovirus bug.

Visitors to Eastbourne District General Hospital have also been asked not to visit family and friends if they have suffered from symptoms of the virus.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said Seaford 1 ward and Cuckmere ward had both been closed to new admissions.

The trust said people wanting to visit the wards should contact the hospital.

Tina Lloyd, assistant director of infection prevention and control, said: "Norovirus is highly infectious. To help contain it we have restricted the movement of patients around the hospital and introduced stringent infection control measures.

"The public can help contain the spread of this virus by not visiting friends or relatives in hospital if they are experiencing symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting and feel unwell with gastrointestinal symptoms. Please don't help pass it on."

Norovirus can last from 12 hours up to three days.

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