Vomiting bug outbreak at Merseyside hospital

Arrowe Park Hospital
Image caption The restrictions will be reviewed on 1 August

Visiting has been suspended in the main building of a Merseyside hospital after an outbreak of a "highly infectious" vomiting bug.

Norovirus has already affected a number of wards and clinical areas at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, leading to temporary visiting restrictions.

Visiting at the Wirral Women and Children's Hospital on the site remains unaffected.

The situation will be reviewed on Monday.

A hospital spokesperson said: "Whilst we understand that this may cause some upset to patients and their visitors, the suspension of visiting is a very effective means of containing and helping to eradicate this highly infectious virus."

They added that exceptions to the restrictions will be made where appropriate.

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