Epsom Hospital: Norovirus sick bug outbreak under control

A norovirus outbreak at a Surrey hospital which started at the end of January has been brought under control.

At the height of the outbreak at Epsom Hospital, 75 out of 243 beds were affected by the winter vomiting bug.

NHS chiefs said there had been further improvement in the situation and a handful of cases were now being treated in isolation.

A statement from Epsom and St Helier NHS said no beds on wards were affected.

But the trust said staff in A&E were still seeing patients with norovirus symptoms and urged people to continue taking measures to avoid spreading the bug, by not visiting the hospital if they had vomiting and diarrhoea.

People with symptoms of the sickness bug have been advised to reschedule routine appointments, check with their GP before going to A&E, and contact the hospital for advice if they need to attend urgent appointments such as at cancer clinics.

Those without symptoms are also asked to keep visiting to a minimum and to avoid bringing children into the hospital.

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