Vomiting bug restricts Weston General Hospital visits

Visiting times at Weston-super-Mare's Weston General Hospital are being restricted to help contain an outbreak of a vomiting bug.

Only two visitors will be allowed per bed, between 1830 and 1930 BST, with no change of visitors during a session.

All visitors will also have to wash or gel their hands when they enter or leave a ward, and wear a plastic apron during their visit.

There is restricted access to four wards where patients have the illness.

Exceptions to these rules may be authorised by the ward sister or the nurse in charge in extraordinary circumstances.

Visitors of patients receiving palliative care are exempt from these restrictions.

Chris Bryant, director of hospital services at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, said: "Hospital wards are never closed, but it makes sense to restrict new admissions or limit visiting to minimise the risk of spreading, as we are doing at present."

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