Norovirus closes wards in two Somerset hospitals

Two hospitals in Somerset have closed wards temporarily to new admissions following an outbreak of the norovirus winter vomiting bug.

The coronary care unit at Yeovil District Hospital is closed and a general ward, 9A, has also been closed.

Two wards at Weston General Hospital remain under restricted access - the stroke unit and the Uphill ward.

People who have had diarrhoea or sickness are asked to phone beforehand if they have an outpatient appointment.

Visiting restricted

The Emergency Admissions Unit at Yeovil District Hospital, which was closed last week, has now reopened after a deep clean.

The hospital said that although two wards remain closed patients would still be admitted but would be placed on different wards.

Visiting is restricted and those who are permitted to see relatives and friends are asked to follow the hand hygiene advice.

Yeovil District Hospital said the situation was being monitored "day by day" and that anyone unsure about visiting should call the main switchboard for advice.

Weston General Hospital said the situation was "unlikely to change in the near future".

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