South West Wales

Bug at Morriston and Princess of Wales hospitals shuts wards

Two hospitals have closed wards to visitors after an outbreak of a winter sickness bug.

Morriston Hospital, Swansea, and the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend, have each closed at least one ward for all but exceptional circumstances.

Wards C and D at Morriston and ward 10 at Princess of Wales are all shut.

Last week, Llandough Hospital, Vale of Glamorgan, and two at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, were closed due to norovirus.

Nurse Delyth Davies, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg health board head of nursing infection control, said: "If you have a stomach bug stay home until 48 hours after the last time you are sick and/or have diarrhoea.

"Many people don't realise you can still pass the bug to others for up to two days after you've stopped having symptoms.

"We also need to protect the vulnerable patients in hospitals, and nursing and residential homes. Here the 48-hour rule is very important.

"Your relative or friend will miss you for two days but they, other patients and residents will thank you for not passing on the virus."

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